Animals drink alcohol - level 3
Many people enjoy a drink from time to time and humans have been fermenting alcohol for hundreds of years. But it turns out some animals enjoy a tipple, too. A team of international researchers has found that chimpanzees drink alcohol using leafy vessels.
Scientists have long suspected that some monkeys like to get drunk, but this 17-year-long study provides the first empirical evidence of repeated and long-term ethanol ingestion by apes in the wild. This footage shows one chimp using leaves like a sponge to collect fermented sap from a palm tree.
The authors of the study, published in the Royal Society Open Science Journal, observed the animals in various states of inebriation, including some falling asleep shortly after having a drink.
Good to know we're not alone!
Difficult words: ferment (to turn into alcohol), tipple (an alcoholic drink), vessel (a container for holding liquids), empirical (based on scientific testing), ethanol (alcohol), ingestion (the act of ingesting – taking food into your body), fermented (turned into alcohol), sap (fluid in a plant), inebriation (being drunk).
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