max (penguingod) wrote in aminalfaks,

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Thirsty Shrew Opts for a Bud

A Malaysian tree shrew has been found to consume alcohol at rates that would leave a human being three sheets to the wind. Showing no evidence of intoxication, the tiny mammal drinks nightly from palm flower buds that exude nectar with a 3.8 percent alcohol content, the highest known to occur naturally. Scientists say the find could provide clues for dealing with alcohol abuse.

SOURCE: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

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