A court in India woke up to the shock that the seized evidence of bhang that was to be presented in court was missing after allegedly being eaten by rats.
Bhang amounting to 200kg was being kept in the police station awaiting to be presented in court. Judge Sanjay Chaudhary said in an order that when the court asked the police to produce the seized drug as evidence, it was told that 195kg of cannabis had been “destroyed” by rats.
He added that “Rats are tiny animals and they have no fear of the police. It’s difficult to protect the drug from them.”
The judge went ahead to list instances of when the rats did it in the past.700kg worth of bhang had also been destroyed by the tinny creatures.
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A study conducted in 2019 found that when laboratory rats were given cannabis-laced dough, they tended to become less active and their body temperature also was lowered.
In 2018, eight Argentinian police officers were fired after they blamed mice for the disappearance of half a ton of cannabis from a police warehouse. But experts disputed the claim, saying that the animals were unlikely to confuse the drug for food and "if a large group of mice had eaten it, a lot of corpses would have been found in the warehouse".
In another incident police in the eastern Indian state of Bihar blamed rats for consuming thousands of liters of confiscated alcohol, a year after the state banned the sale and consumption of alcohol.