Squirrels Around The World Have Got Really Fat Because Of The Unseasonably Warm Winter

Adorable little chubsters!

1. I’m sure you have noticed it hasn’t been very cold so far this winter.

It’s been annoying for those of us who love snow BUT the unseasonably warm weather has an upside…


Rob Browne / Media Wales Ltd

Rob Browne / Media Wales Ltd


Fat squirrels in Cardiff, Wales.

3. Squirrels generally start to get quite roly-poly in the winter months but this year they are fatter than ever.

Wildlife presenter Iolo Williams told WalesOnline the mild winter had left an “abundance of food for squirrels.”

Rob Browne / Media Wales Ltd

5. “There has been no shortage of nuts, seeds, and fungi for them to eat and store,” he said.

“With the extra layers of fat and thicker winter coat this can make them look much bigger.”

Rob Browne / Media Wales Ltd

7. And it’s not just in the U.K.: Extra-tubby squirrels are being spotted everywhere.

Happy Wildlife Wednesday! #wildlifewednesday #fatsquirrels @pure_p4 @BeAwesome_Laugh @Crystal_Fishy @AngelaAlbarrac3

— gentryside (@gentryside)

8. Lots of fatter-than-normal squirrels have been spotted in Canada.

fat squirrels are cute ☺️ #canada

— Grace Rufenacht (@GracieLou_16)

9. Luckily for Canadian squirrels black is a slimming color.

@metrotoronto @chrisbateman saw these two last week in High Park:

— Andrew Hockridge (@drewhockridge)

10. Not so lucky for these chubsters.

I love fat squirrels.

— nick ruest (@ruebot)

This light winter has made for some fat squirrels.

— Katy Sulfridge (@KatySulfridge)

12. People are just loving the fatter squirrels.

Does this outfit make me look chubby? #ottawa

— inventorArtist (@inventor_Artist)

13. This little lump became a meme.

Ottawa's Chubby Squirrel is getting famous!

— inventorArtist (@inventor_Artist)

14. Such majesty.

One thing I do love about winter is seeing all the fat squirrels

— D (@DanaMefferd)


16. Just because, why not?

Concept: @rossalynwarren Execution: @flashboy Curves: Models’ Own #beachbodyready

— Janine Gibson (@janinegibson)

17. We love you, fat squirrels.

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Alicia Melville-Smith is a homepage editor and reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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