What if All Animals Were Fat?
The other day, I was sitting in the parking lot of a burger joint. I noticed some super cute little critters scurrying about, and I decided to throw them a few of my fries. They were so adorable as they snatched up the treats and munched away. Afterward, I felt a little guilty, thinking that perhaps I’d have made them ill or overweight by contributing fast food to their otherwise healthy diet. I did a little research and found out that the french fries they consumed will likely have no negative impact on their health.
According to Petter Bøckman, a zoologist at the Museum of Natural History in Oslo, “…rodents, who usually live on the verge of starvation, do when they suddenly get a big surplus? They start to produce offspring straight away! Such small animals need only a month to get a whole new generation up and running. So fairly soon you get a large number of trim mice instead of a handful of fatties.”
Students at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg for the 2013 Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film decided to explore exactly what it would look like if Safari animals suddenly became incredibly obese. The resultant short is super cute. Check it out: (see a collection of my furry friends munching on a french fried feast below the vid)