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Monkey Business: Alcoholic Vervet Monkeys on St. Kitts

Vervet Monkey

Vervet Monkey (Photo credit: Sergey Yeliseev)

Drunk Monkey
The Vervet Monkeys are drunks. When the sugar cane fields were more prominant on the island, the Vervet Monkey used to eat the fermented sugar cane, which gave them a feeling of being drunk. Since then, the monkeys have turned to local bars to support their bad habits.

The monkeys are notorious for stealing alcohol! They raid outside bars, stealing beer bottles; they even walk up to people with mixed drinks and help themselves. The monkeys like getting drunk; people often laugh at them when they begin falling out of trees and walking with a stagger.


Researchers used the Vervet Monkeys to study alcoholism and alcohol preference. These monkeys prove that alcoholism can be genetic; or on the flip side, it proves that monkeys have human like personalities, preferences and tendencies.


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