29 July 2008

Drunk Animals In Malaysia

Not long ago I mentioned that I wanted to find these videos of rubber-tapping in Malaysia. Well, scientists have done me one better and discovered some boozy tree-shrews there instead. These little fellas consume copious amounts of fermented palm nectar, a beverage that rivals beer for alcohol content. Unfortunately, the scientists (they're German, so they know about which they speak) did not discover any signs of inebriation. They claim it doesn't make sense for animals, evolutionarily speaking, to become intoxicated.

I contentiously beg to differ on that last point.

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