Boozy chimps soak up alcohol using leaves as sponges › News in Science (ABC Science)

Wild chimpanzees enjoying opportunistic booze-ups on palm wine have helped shed light on a theory about evolution, say scientists.Chimps in the west African country of Guinea discovered a free treat in raffia palms tapped by local people to extract a sweet, milky sap which then ferments into an alcoholic drink.The apes scrunched up leaves in their mouths, moulding them into spongy pads that they then dipped into the sap-gathering container, which villagers attach to the tree near its crown.Tests show the beverage’s alcoholic content varies from 3.1 per cent to a whopping 6.9 per cent, the equivalent of strong beer.

via Boozy chimps soak up alcohol using leaves as sponges › News in Science (ABC Science).

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One comment

  1. ianscyberspace · June 11, 2015

    I’ve seen a video on this. Very funny!

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