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Dogs Eat Poop, Monkeys Get Drunk

Animals do a lot of bizarre and nasty things, including eating their own poop as a ploy for attention.

Animals do a lot of bizarre and nasty things, including eating their own poop as a ploy for attention.

Monday, June 7, 2010 0:39 GMT

LONDON (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Animals may be considered majestic creatures, but they still get drunk and eat their own poo.

Just ask David Haviland, who researched the most bizarre things animals do for his new book, Why Dogs Eat Poop & Other Useless Or Gross Information About The Animal Kingdom (Tarcher/Penguin), out Thursday (Jun. 10).

The co-author says the “dark side” of animals rarely gets shown in those long, serious nature documentaries.

However, animals have lots of weird, funny habits, like monkeys from the Caribbean island of St. Kitts, who troll local tourist bars and finish leftover cocktails.

Haviland says the primates have similar drinking patterns as humans, with some sipping moderately while others “binge, pick fights, and pass out.”

Then there are dogs, who sometimes eat their own poop simply because they’re “looking for attention.”

Haviland says tons of animals eat their own feces but birds are the worst, using their bodily fluids and poo for everything, including cooling down their young.

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