News: Boozing Mammal Drinks “Beer” Every Night, Study Finds

pen-tailed tree shrew picture

Brian Handwerk for National Geographic writes today about a beer drinking mammal that could supposedly drink man under a table.

A taste for naturally fermented palm “beer” has turned a tiny Malaysianmammal into a chronic boozer, a new study shows.

The pen-tailed tree shrew is the first non-human mammal known to display alcoholic behavior.


What’s more, the rat-size animal never gets drunk during its nonstop jungle jamborees.

Because the species is considered similar to the ancient ancestors of all primates, its 55-million-year bender suggests that our own taste for alcohol might predate the known advent of brewing some 9,000 years ago.

“The circumstances in which these tree shrews consume alcohol could be similar to past scenarios of human evolution in pre-primate or early primate stages [and] could somehow be a link to human alcohol consumption,” said study lead author Frank Wiens, a biologist at the University of Bayreuth, Germany.

 

I wonder if they sell them as pets.

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One response to “News: Boozing Mammal Drinks “Beer” Every Night, Study Finds

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