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> > Consistent with the ideas presented above, addiction in animals
> > in a natural environment is very improbable. Does anybody know of
> > cases reporting animal addictive behavior?
> In studies of addiction performed upon chimpanzees, 'junkie
> monkeys' eagerly extende their arms for their daily fix; rats would
> push a lever which electrostimulated the pleasure centers in their
> brains rather than other levers that fed them, to the point of
> starvation, and other such results were reported with the
> dispensation of cocaine to rats.
I already knew that animals can be tempted into addictive behavior
in a lab-environment. My question was actually about possible cases
of animal addiction in non-lab environment, i.e. in their natural
habitat. Do you know of any?
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