The Times – Shrew identified as world’s hardest drinking creature

A tropical shrew with a taste for alcoholic nectar has been identified as the hardest-drinking creature in the world.

Pentailed tree shrews have such an appetite for alcohol that each night they imbibe, weight for weight, the equivalent of a human downing up to nine glasses of wine.

ninme hits the bottle. to prove her environmentalist credentials, natch.

Their capacity to hold their drink and keep a clear head, however, puts human boozers to shame. After a night supping at the jungle bar the shrews are not even unsteady on their feet, let alone being copiously sick or starting drunken fights.

Ah, the beauty of nature, eh? Funfacts!:

Animal instincts

— Baboons are known to be fond of fruit from the African Marula tree which, once picked and eaten, rapidly ferments causing the creatures to become intoxicated

— Cattle and horses in the Midwestern United States that eat astragalus, a legume, display impaired vision, stumbling, imbalance and abnormal movement such as making huge leaps over tiny obstacles. The plant is nicknamed “locoweed” for its drug-like effect on livestock

— Researchers have observed water buffalo herds in Asia seeking out opium poppies. The animals appear to carefully regulate their dose, consuming just enough to numb pain and relieve tiredness

— Robins have been recorded dropping off their perch while eating grapes that have fermented on the vine. Other birds have been found dead from cirrhosis of the liver beneath the plants