The Caribbean island of St. Kitts has a population of vervet monkeys that were imported from Africa during the time of the Atlantic slave trade. Much like raccoons (only much smarter) these creatures live off the detritus that humans leave behind. Being that this is a island with a large tourist economy that means fleecing the tourists.
I’ve never really been able to articulate why it is that people everywhere and from all walks of life, from rich to poor, find their own ways to pursue intoxication. Its like we have an inborn drive to explore other states of consciousness, but why?
This video is totally fascinating to me because it shows how some primates exhibit very similar behaviors. So possibly, our quest for periodic intoxication is something that even predates our species.
And yes, I just referenced the Beastie Boys. I’m that old.