These tiny tree shrews can handle hotter peppers than you
Most mammals don’t want anything to do with spicy foods. Capsaicin, the chemical that makes chili peppers hot, ignites mammals’ pain pathways, causing a variety of effects. Spicy food doesn’t hurt you directly–it’s not poison–but your body thinks it’s getting real burns and reacts accordingly. Mammals who aren’t us steer clear of the things. But not so for Northern Tree Shrew.