Apparently humans are not the only mammals who love to sip on some alcoholic beverages.
A new study suggests that chimps love to drink alcohol too, and are not too shy when it comes to stealing some palm wine from humans.
Researchers have found that chimpanzees that live in western Africa imbibe themselves with palm wine when humans are not around.
The authors of the study are a team of scientists from England who installed video cameras in order to see how chimpanzees from Guinea behave when they are by themselves.
From the video footage, it seems that chimps love to steal some wine made by humans from raffia palm.
The alcoholic drink is produced through fermentation and has a sugary taste, which is why chimps love to sip some.
And they don’t even need cups, researchers say.
The chimps can very well enjoy the drink using leaves, which they fold up into a vessel and collect the alcoholic beverage.
According to the researchers who observed them, the chimpanzees, just like humans, are divided into solitary or social drinkers.
Some chimps love to drink alcohol by themselves, while others enjoy the company of others.
Locals say there’s no monkey business when it comes to chimps and palm wine. They can guzzle down a whole container in just one drinking session.
Kimberley Hockings, researcher at the Oxford Brookes University and the lead author of the study, said that chimps would probably drink more if they could get their hands on the drink.
According to the researchers both males and females chimpanzees enjoyed getting tipsy on palm wine, which has a 3% alcohol content, similar to an average beer.
However, Hockings believes that the chimps are not necessarily after the alcohol in the drink but rather the glucose and the sweet taste of the sucrose that the drink contains. The sucrose and glucose are important nutrients in a chimpanzee’s diet, the scientists added.
Thibaud Gruber, a primatologist from the University of Neuchatel in Switzerland, agrees that chimps are after these two nutrients, especially since it’s a known fact that they love honey.
Still, the authors of the study believe the chimps don’t drink the palm wine only for its sweetness. There is the possibility that chimps love to drink alcohol because of the way it makes them feel, which is one of the reasons humans love alcohol.
The scientists published their findings in the journal Royal Society.
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