Luckily, curiosity didn't kill this Canadian mouse, though the little guy had to go through six-day rehab after he was caught chopping on cannabis.
Colin Sullivan, from New Brunswick, Canada, found the mouse nibbling leaves from his plants for two days straight. He described his unusual experience on Facebook, where he also posted photos of the incident.
"For two days in a row, I've caught this little pothead taking leaves off of my plant and eating them until he passes out."
"He's missing an ear, so it may be self-medication for his PTSD, but I still think it's time for an intervention."
"I'll let him sleep this one off but when he wakes up he's getting a real stern talking to."
A Mouse in a 12 Step Program
All the stereotypes about nice Canadians seem to be true. Mr. Sullivan did his best to get the mouse on the right track. Two days after his original post, he updated his followers:
"So it's been a couple of rough days for our little baked buddy here and despite a belly ache and a wicked bad case of the munchies I think he'll make a full recovery."
"He's been weaned to one medium leaf per day and seems to be adjusting well."
"One day at a time my friend, one day at a time."
The Canadian took the unwanted visitor's health into his own hands and put him through a unique version of the 12 Step Program.
Three days later, Sullivan had another joyful update, full of puns:
"On The Rodent To Redemption."
"After a long and desperate battle with addiction, this little mouse has ground up his struggle, picked out the seeds and stems and is ready to roll out."
"Weed all benefit from joining together to help the smoke clear in any addict's life."
"He did his very cannibest and was awarded his first Twelve Step chip."
"I may have been the one to open his cage but he was the one who set himself free. So long my friend, till we meet again."
The stoned mouse went viral
The unusual story gained a lot of attention from people worldwide. And for a good reason.
Sullivan's Facebook got over 12.000 likes, and much love both for him and the naughty one.
Jalyssa Glenda wrote:
"This series has made my year probably."
Cody Myshrall said:
"I'm happy to hear about his recovery."
Kayla Halleen wrote:
"This is the best thing I've seen on the internet, ever."
Wendy Chaplin said: "
Withdrawal is hard! Thanks for caring for the little stoner!"
Sullivan is a former addict
The naughty mouse was lucky. Sullivan is a recovered addict, and he posted a beautiful message to his wife, Robyn. He stated that she "literally saved my life, and she is the main reason I've stayed sober this long…"
Based on his experiences and an incredible will to help one mouse, Sullivan placed the mouse in a cage for some serious "detox."
The plan worked, and the mouse was back to its usual self. Six short days later, the mouse was back on the fields, hopefully, staying out of trouble.
Cannabis became legal for recreational use in New Brunswick when the Cannabis Act went into force across the country on October 17, 2018. You have to be over 19, and you can't use it in public or motor vehicles.
On the official website for the government of New Brunswick it says:
"With our decisions, actions, and legislation, we are building a culture that is safe, legal, responsible, and limited to adults. We are prioritizing public health education and awareness while taking advantage of the economic opportunity this new industry presents."
"It is important that New Brunswickers understand the risks in order to make informed decisions on their personal cannabis use."
Guess the mouse didn't read that last paragraph...