Small shrew is heavyweight boozer

From the Beeb: Small shrew is heavyweight boozer.

A tiny tree-shrew that lives on alcoholic nectar could — pound for pound — drink the average human under the table, scientists have discovered.

Malaysia’s pen-tailed tree-shrew waits until nightfall to binge on fermented nectar from the bertam palm.

The animal could give insights into how humans’ alcohol tolerance first evolved, the scientists say. [continue]