I just finished watching a video online of a BBC television crew visiting the Chernobyl nuclear reactor area with a Radio Free Europe crew, where no humans have lived since the late 80s. The video shows a fox trotting down some steps and onto the road, with no fear of the people at all. They start tossing him slices of bread and some pieces of sausage, just dropping the food items down into the road near him. The fox at first appears to consider the ingredients, and then begins carefully assembling them into a 5 decker sandwich, which he promptly takes away, hoping, perhaps, to enjoy his culinary creation with a bit more privacy.
Late word from the BBC is that the guys are thinking about buying him a blender.
Who could have imagined that the lingering radiation of a massive accident decades ago could be turning animals into future contestants on Top Chef? At least this one would likely be able to out fox the competition.
I know that my blogs need a philosophical point. So here it is: We live in a crazy world.
And: It's no wonder that Aesop, wanting to spread wisdom long ago, wrote about talking animals. He knew how to get things to go viral in the ancient world's version of social media.