Not only humans but some animals are also addicted to alcohol. Some species are even so drunk that they cannot find their way back to the nest.
1. Tree shrews have a tail and a natural habit of drinking beer before sleeping
The tailed tree shrew (Ptilocercus lowii) is a small mammal native to southern Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo and some islands of Indonesia. In the wild, they are very fond of fermented palm nectar with the alcohol content of some beers. Each night, this animal usually spends 2 hours enjoying this favorite drink before going to sleep.
According to scientists, the drinking behavior of tree shrews has been formed thousands of years ago. This not only makes it easier for them to carry out their metabolism but also avoids the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
2. Central and South American tropical bats
This animal is very fond of fruit or nectar that has been fermented and has a high alcohol content. Even scientists have found that Central and South American tropical bats have a blood alcohol concentration of up to 0.3% (while the US states all require drivers not to exceed the alcohol level in the car). blood is 0.08).
Notably, despite having a very high blood alcohol concentration, Central and South American tropical bats showed no signs of intoxication. In addition, eating fermented fruits or nectar helps them avoid competing for food with many other animals.
3. Bohemian Waxwing bird must go to rehab
Bohemian Waxwing birds love to eat the fermented berries of the Rowan tree, a species in the rowan genus, the rose family. If eaten in moderation, they will only suffer a slight shock, but in 2014 some individuals of this species were brought to the animal health and treatment facility in Yukon, Canada for treatment. alcohol from eating too much Rowan fruit.
Even some of these birds are Bohemian Waxwing birds who are too addicted to alcohol to continue to return to the wild. Therefore, scientists had to keep them in the Yukon Wildlife Sanctuary for “rehabilitation”.
4. Drunk honey bees
When a lot of fermented nectar is consumed, some honey bees become intoxicated and often cannot return to the hive. They even have to lie motionless on the ground until they regain consciousness before they can “return home”.
In some studies, scientists have proven that bees that show signs of intoxication with nectar will be denied entry to the hive by other individuals in the colony. Sometimes, they even attack violently so that the “drunk” can sober up.
5. Monkey “holy wine” in Saint Kitts
On the Caribbean island of Saint Kitts, there is a population of wild green Vervet monkeys with extreme alcoholism. It is known that this is due to the monkeys regularly stealing and enjoying the fermented sugarcane used to make rum.
In addition, they often steal cocktails from tourists visiting the island of Saint Kitts. Over a long period of time, even immature monkeys are addicted to alcohol, so they often have extreme actions.
Even scientists have recorded many cases of wild green Vervet monkeys getting drunk, falling, vomiting, aggressive with fellow humans or drunk to the point of fainting.