The Cocaine Bear: The Saga of America’s Most Epic Overdose

This Bear did more drugs than creature on the planet

Every now and you see a story that seems too crazy to have actually happened. That is exactly what I thought when I read about Kentucky’s Cocaine Bear, also known as “Pablo EskoBear.”

According to Kentucky for Kentucky, back in 1985 a drug smuggler named Andrew Thornton II was smuggling coke from Columbia. He was flying a plane and decided to jump out with a parachute. He was overloaded and fell to his death around Knoxville, Tennessee.

The Cocaine Bear is on display in an oddities mall in Kentucky

Before he jumped to his death he apparently ditched a duffel bag full of cocaine over northern Georgia. A hungry Black bear discovered the bag and proceeded to eat the entire 75 pound batch.

Kentucky for Kentucky may have written the great paragraph in blogging history. They were able to put into words exactly what I was thinking.

That’s a lot of the ol‘ booger sugar, even for a bear. Can you imagine? One minute he’s trying to find enough berries to survive another boring day in the Chattahoochee, the next minute he’s ripping fat rails of Colombian disco dust off of tree stumps and water skiing in jeans with Alan Jackson, forcing all the other bears to listen to Huey Lewis and the News before chopping their heads off with an axe.

Needless to say the bear overdosed and died. The Georgia Department of Wildlife did a necropsy on the bear and according to the medical examiner:

You can get Cocaine bear merchandise at the mall

“Its stomach was literally packed to the brim with cocaine. There isn’t a mammal on the planet that could survive that. Cerebral hemorrhaging, respiratory failure, hyperthermia, renal failure, heart failure, stroke. You name it, that bear had it.”

The bear was mounted and on display Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area for a few years when a forest fire forced it into storage. Where it was stolen. It ended up in a pawnshop and was at some point sold to of all people country music superstar Waylon Jennings.

The story of the mount just keeps going.Kentucky for Kentucky goes into great detail about the bears epic journey and I encourage you to read it.

The Cocaine Bear with the Kentucky for Kentucky owners

But to make a long story short the bear is now on display at the
Kentucky for Kentucky Fun Mall in Lexington, Kentucky. Go Check him out!