Do wild animals ever get overweight or obese?
• United States
16 Jul 09
Wild animals that live near humans can become overweight. Because we throw away so much that is edible, our trash is often a source of food for wild animals like raccoons, squirrels, even foxes or deer in some areas. But the food that we throw away is usually not the best nutritional balance for those animals, and also contains a lot of fat and refined sugars that those animals wouldn't normally eat. In their natural habitats in the absence of humans, though, it isn't the norm for animals to become obese.