Many animals do get tipsy on purpose, but plenty of animal "drunkenness" is anything but. (EPA/FREDRIK VON ERICHSEN)

We've all been there, buddy.

According to an account given to the BBC, the Honeybourne Railway Club was totally trashed by a squirrel who may have been totally trashed himself.

The secretary of the club reported finding the place covered in tipped over glasses, then seeing a squirrel -- one who he believed had gotten into the beer and had a few too many -- stagger out from behind some potato chips.

"I've never seen a drunk squirrel before. He was sozzled and looked a bit worse for wear, shall we say," the man told the BBC.

We'll never know whether the squirrel -- which was captured and released out the window -- was actually sloshed. But it's not a crazy concept. Plenty of animals have been driven to intoxication in lab setting for study, and others don't even need human intervention. Some just like getting drunk.

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Vervet monkeys have been into booze since they first discovered fermented sugar cane. Researchers estimate that one in five members of the species will pick alcohol over water given the choice, and some 5 percent could be considered alcoholics. They even steal liquor from Caribbean bars on occasion.

According to a recent study, our closest relatives in the animal kingdom share our love of the hard stuff: Wild chimpanzees have been observed going after palm wine left unharvested by humans. They drink it habitually, even going so far as to devise tools to help them drink more efficiently, and they exhibit classic characteristics of drunkenness.

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And while they don't act drunk, pen-tailed treeshrews scurry around drinking nectar that's 3.8 percent alcohol. Their main source of food is basically naturally occurring beer, so their blood alcohol levels are quite high when tested -- but they've adapted to have an enviably high tolerance, so you won't catch them stumbling out of the trees.

That being said, it's likely that the squirrel in question -- if drunk at all -- didn't get that way on purpose. The general consensus among scientists is that most animals, while probably capable of inebriation, don't seek the state out. So it's possible that the little guy drank some beer in search of water and suffered the consequences. But it's also possible that the "drunk" squirrel was just a sober piece of work.

If you need help understanding how an animal that's not intoxicated can look like a tiny drunk human, you've obviously never seen a toddler.

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