Hungover Bats Crave Food Just Like Humans

Apparently after a long night of drinking, Egyptian fruit bats wake up craving particular types of sugar. In a recent study, Francisco Sanchez from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel) showed that the bats prefer foods high in the sugar molecule, fructose, after eating slightly fermented figs and dates. Fructose is known to reduce the toxicity of ethanol. After eating the alcoholic fruit, the bats even show visible signs of inebriation, such as bumping into objects and having a higher susceptibility to predators. As of yet, Sanchez has not witnessed a group of bats singing “Tiny Dancer” at the top of their lungs, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened.

Dude, what happened to us last night? I don’t even remember leaving the cave!
Egyptian fruit bat,
Rousettus aegyptiacus

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