A group of chimpanzees have been caught multiple times stealing alcohol from a village in Guinea.
According to New York Times, scientists working in Bossou, Guinea, have recorded 51 cases of chimpanzees entering farms and stealing raffia palm sap left to ferment to palm wine. Using cups made from leaves, the primates dip into the containers of palm wine and drink, some alone, while some prefer drinking with a companion.
After drinking the palm wine, which contains 3.1 percent alcohol, the chimps retire to their nests … but not so for the drunk ones.
‘After drinking palm wine, one adult male chimpanzee seemed particularly restless, and whilst other chimpanzees were making and settling into their night nests, he spent an additional hour moving from tree to tree in an agitated manner,’ said Dr. Kimberley J. Hockings, the lead author of the research.
Now while chimpanzees have direct access to the raffia palm sap, they don’t get to drink the alcoholic variant directly from the tree because the sap never ferments until tapped and placed in special containers. Since chimps can’t tap, they depend on humans to first do the job and go to sleep. Then they strike.
Very clever, guys.