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Drunkard animals: 5 creatures that consume fermented fruit or drinks

By: Shea Gunther on March 29, 2012, 6:04 p.m.

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In 2008, a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that the pentailed tree shrew, a tiny animal living in the Malaysian rain forest, had a habit of revisiting the bertam palm tree every night to drink natural alcohol from fermenting fruit. Researchers found that the nectar had 3.8 percent alcohol content, about the same as a weak beer. The tree shrew was seen returning to the tree up to three times in a night. Oddly enough, they weren't seen exhibiting signs of drunkenness, but perhaps the tree shrew can hold its liquor.