While 297mg might not sound a lot, it is enough LSD to make nearly 3,000 people experience hours of "marked mental disturbance," to use the researchers' phrase. This was the record-breaking quantity of the most potent psychoactive substance in existence fired into one of Tusko's rumps with a rifle-powered dart at 8am on August 3. What happened next is captured with an oddly moving economy of expression in the clinical voice of the research paper:
"His mate (Judy, a 15-year-old female) approached him and appeared to attempt to support him. He began to sway, his hindquarters buckled, and it became increasingly difficult for him to maintain himself upright. Five minutes after the injection he trumpeted, collapsed, fell heavily on to his right side, defecated, and went into status epilepticus." An hour and 40 minutes later, Tusko was declared dead.
Доза сумасшествия: http://education.guardian.co.uk/higher/research/story/0,9865,770756,00.html
Статья, описывающая проведенный эксперимент (JSTOR): http://www.jstor.org/view/00368075/ap003731/00a00230/0
Слон Таско: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tusko