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Drunken Monkeys

nim chimpskyChimps, as we know, have the same enzyme that humans have, allowing us to more quickly metabolize ethanol than some of our more distant primate relatives. Now we also know that chimps aren’t necessarily averse to getting their buzz on. A new study finds that certain members of a group of chimps in Guinea occasionally steal drinks of palm wine left by nearby villagers to ferment in plastic buckets.

Approaching a human, one of the inebriated chimps was heard to say, “I love you, man.” So we finally have some evolutionary drinking buddies. Kegger at Nim Chimpsky’s place on Friday.

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