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Drunkard animals: 5 creatures that consume fermented fruit or drinks

March 29, 2012, 6:04 p.m.
elephant with beer in China

Photo: ZUMA Press

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Elephants

The only thing worse than an angry drunk is a 10,000-pound angry drunk equipped with tusks, a large tactile trunk and feet made for squashing. Elephants have gone on numerous recorded benders, most of which seem to start off when elephants raid the beer supplies of a town or village right before a celebration. It takes a LOT of booze to get an elephant drunk, so any pachydermic bender requires an enormous quantity of alcohol. In 2010, elephants destroyed 60 houses in a village in India after they found the villagers' supply of a local brew, a drink made from fermented rice. They rampaged through town for a while and then passed out.