Here’s the true, unbelievable story behind ‘Cocaine Bear’ that the movie didn’t tell you
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Here’s the true, unbelievable story behind ‘Cocaine Bear’ that the movie didn’t tell you

It's one hell of a yarn.

Fans have been absolutely loving the new movie ‘Cocaine Bear’ ever since its release last week.

The film, which dropped on Wednesday (February 23), is based on a crazy true story about an American black bear who ingested a shit tonne of cocaine back in 1985.

An official synopsis of the film reads, "An oddball group of cops, criminals, tourists, and teens converge in a Georgia forest where a 500-pound black bear goes on a murderous rampage after unintentionally ingesting cocaine."

The true story, which happened back in 1985, starts with a former narcotics officer and lawyer Andrew Thornton, who became the head member of a drug-smuggling ring in Kentucky known as ‘The Company’.

Thornton was on a drug run, piloting a plane from Colombia and trying to avoid the cops, when he dropped a shit tonne of packages of devil’s dandruff below him in Georgia, USA, before jumping out of the plane.

His body was later found in the driveway of a home in Knoxville, and investigators reckon there’s a good chance he may have hit his head on the tale of the plane and failed to open his parachute before falling to the ground. 

He was found wearing a bulletproof vest and Gucci loafers. He also had with him night vision goggles, cash, knives, two pistols and a duffel bag filled with millions of dollars worth of cocaine.

But let’s not forget about the bags of cocaine he dropped before falling to his death.

Three months later, after tracking Thornton’s flightpath, officers discovered the infamous 80-kg bear dead in the Chattahoochee National Forest, with a bunch of empty packets scattered around him.

The officers quickly realised the bear had gotten into the nose beers. In fact, the bear ingested over 30kg of the stuff.

In the film, the bear goes on a murderous rampage after ingesting the coke, whereas in real life, sadly the bear overdosed and likely suffered a horrific instant death.

"Cerebral haemorrhaging, respiratory failure, hyperthermia, renal failure, heart failure, stroke. You name it, that bear had it," the medical examiner said. 

Today, you can find a taxidermy of the Cocaine Beer at the Kentucky For Kentucky store in Lexington.