Minature mammals are chronic alcoholics!

This tiny malaysian mammal enjoys sucking fermented nectar from palm buds

Photo: Annette Zitzmann

This tiny mammal, a malaysian pentailed treeshrew, has a surprising appetite for the fermented nectar of the betram palm. It spends up to two hours each night licking the nectar from the flower buds, but shows no signs of intoxication, due to a highly efficient elimination of alcohol. Scientists believe these alcoholic habits could date back millions of years, as the animals are descended from the early ancestors of primates that lived 55 million years ago. Read more here.

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