Because I got high…

11 04 2007

Yesterday I posted about how eating fructose-laden fruits helps bats deal with ingesting ethanol (drinking alcoholo) in ripening figs and dates, as well as other animals that have been known to get intoxicated from time to time. For those of you who’ve never seen it, I’ve managed to find a video snippet featuring a lemur and giant millipede in Madagascar (where else would a lemur be?), illustrating that humans aren’t the only ones who like to get high;

Is anyone else a little put-off by the way the clip was narrated? Besides the “trippy” camerawork, the almost menacing tone of the narrator seemed a little over the top, especially when he asserted that the lemurs are “millipede junkies” always on the lookout for their next fix. How often these lemurs engage in this behavior, I honestly don’t know, but I can’t help but wonder if they are being made out to be hopelessly addicted to the millipedes for the sake of amping up the drama.



2 responses

12 04 2007

I’ve seen this clip… fairly amusing, more so with the sound muted.

Question for you. We just saw a news story about Tarzan’s chimpanzee buddy, Cheetah. He just turned 75–the oldest known chimp in the world–and is apparently still going strong. Do you know how long chimps typically live, in captivity or out of it?

13 04 2007

Hi Molly, thanks for the comment. Cheeta (aka “Jiggs”) is indeed the oldest known chimp. Chimpanzees can live to about 60 in captivity, although in the wild they often don’t make it to 40 (males probably dying younger than females). Old females may remain in a group for a long time but older males are often kicked out by younger ones, and to the best of my knowledge no one is quite sure what happens to them once they’ve been kicked out, but it’s likely they don’t live very long after being removed from their groups (although I don’t know why). I’ll do some digging if I come up with anything else I’ll write up a fresh post. 🙂

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