Planet of the Grapes! African chimps make special tools so they can extract ALCOHOL from trees
Fun-loving moneys who get drunk on alcohol have been discovered in West Africa. The group of boozy chimps come together to socialise and down some fermented sap from raffia palms. And the smart apes have even come up with an ingenious way of sourcing the drink – through a ‘leaf sponge’ tool.
The group of boozy chimps come together to socialise and down some fermented sap from raffia palms Scientists have seen monkeys both young and old, male and female, partake in the tasty tipple in Bossou, Guinea.
And just like humans, after one too many drinks the monkeys started showing ‘behavioral signs of inebriation’. Some of the monkeys became agitated and dozy after downing the alcohol, the Royal Society Open Science journal reported.
Dr Kimberley Hockings, an expert in animal behaviour from Oxford Brookes University, told The Sun: ‘There are numerous anecdotes about wild non-human primates ingesting ethanol, although almost all remain non-validated.
‘The consumption of ethanol by modern-day human beings is nearly universal, being found in every society with fermentable raw materials.
‘However, aside from enforced ingestion in captive experiments or anecdotal observations in wild apes, the habitual and voluntary consumption of ethanol has been documented until now only in humans.’