From drunk birds to alcohol stealing monkeys, we debunk a common myth and practice our drunk whale calls. Grab a drink, this is the last (for now) alcohol episode and it's about to get sloshy.
Some fun news articles about drunk birds
Jacobs, Julie, New York Times, Oct. 2018. Drunk Birds? How a Small Minnesota City Stumbled Into the Spotlight
Held, Amy, National Public Radio, Oct. 2018. Minnesota Residents Call Police on Rowdy Drunk Birds
Dugger, Bruce, Oregon State University Extension Service, Jan. 2006. How to Discourage Birds From Flying into Windows
Owen, James, National Geographic, Dec. 2014. Why Backyard Birds are Getting Drunk on Fermented Berries
Actual badass scientific papers you should read
This is the study about getting zebra finches drunk (in a safe environment while following animal welfare protocols) and documenting them slurring their songs.
The following links talk about how songbirds song learning and human speech learning is controlled by the same genes. The first two links are to news articles that led to this information. The last link is for the actual scientific paper they referenced.
Feltman, Rachel, The Washington Post, Dec. 2014 Scientists Show that Drunk Birds 'Slur' Their Songs
Feltman, Rachel, The Washington Post, Dec. 2014 Birdsong and Human Speech Turn Out to be Controlled by the Same Genes
Guojie Zhang, Erich D. Jarvis, M. Thomas P. Gilbert A Flock of Genomes American Association for the Advancement of Science, 12 Dec. 2014, science.sciencemag.org/content/346/6215/1308.
On to the "drunk" elephants
Here's a little video to show you how playtime might be seen as drunkness, below you'll find the article that debunks that myth.
Bakalar, Nicholas, National Geographic, Dec. 2005. Elephants Drunk in the Wild? Scientists Put the Myth to Rest
A quick BBC videos of the vervet monkeys getting their drink on.
Ervin, F R, et al. “Voluntary Consumption of Beverage Alcohol by Vervet Monkeys: Population Screening, Descriptive Behavior and Biochemical Measures.” Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior, U.S. National Library of Medicine, June 1990, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2356209.
Finally, here's a fun article that highlights some examples of alcohol (a drug) usage in the animal kingdom.
Goldman, Jason G. BBC Future, May 2014. Is it True that Elephants, Moneys, Dolphins, and Other Animals Seek out Recreational Highs in Nature?