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Chimps booze on alcoholic sap -get a round in!


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It appears chimpanzees are more like humankind than we first thought; just like us they love a good drink to get the party started, as scientists have recently discovered.
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Chimps booze on alcoholic sap -get a round in!

  1. 1. Chimps booze on alcoholic sap -get a round in!
  2. 2. The chimpanzee, who we share 98% of our DNA with, have been caught on camera in West Africa boozing it up a tree. What’s this about?
  3. 3. Natural alcohol The substance the chimps were drinking is called ‘Palm Wine’, a natural alcoholic; fermented sap which they drank through a bundle of leaves to work like a sponge. This is not the first incident of chimpanzees showing an attraction to alcohol; green monkeys in St Kitts, Caribbean have been known to steal tourists’ cocktails.
  4. 4. Is the alcohol safe? A recent study shows evidence that humans and African apes share a genetic mutation enabling us to effectively metabolise ethanol. One monkey was reported to be repeatedly swinging from tree to tree for up to an hour and it is no surprise with the sap reaching 6.9% ABV – being stronger than most lagers!
  5. 5. Where did this take place? The research took place at Bossou, Guinea where the locals are known to harvest ‘Palm Wine’ from the trees. In just a few weeks a single tree can yield up to 50 litres of sap, so it is to no surprise why this natural alcoholic beverage is a real hit with the locals.
  6. 6. To find out more about why not read the whole article, click the link below: Chimps booze on alcoholic sap –get a round in!