If you had to associate an animal with each of the 7 deadly sins, what would you pick?
This is a cool question. The seven deadly sins are as follows:
Well, the first one is pretty easy, since there’s an animal that was named after one of these seven sins. (No, not the gluttony. Try again.)
Sloth - Sloth (no shit)
This guy moves about as quickly as me in the morning before a hefty dose of caffeine. Sloths are so slow that algae grows on them. Their strategy allows them to stay hidden from predators in the trees though, so it can’t be all that bad.
Plus I’m too cute to eat! (Don’t mention eagles…I don’t want to upset him) (Credit: Pixabay)
Gluttony - Caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar wasn’t bullshitting. These guys really do love to eat. Especially Monarch caterpillars, by the sounds of it:
Monarch caterpillars–like all lepidoptera–have a voracious hunger, gorging on 200X their birth weight in milkweed leaves in a brief 10 – 14 days.
Leaf me alone, I’ll lose the baby weight after chrysalis-mas. (Credit: Pixabay)
Greed - African Bullfrog
This large frog will try to eat basically anything that strays into its path. On an unrelated note, it also leaves a little to be desired in the fatherhood department.
The African bullfrog is a voracious carnivore, eating insects, small rodents, reptiles, small birds, and other amphibians. It is also a cannibalistic species — the male African bullfrog is known for occasionally eating the tadpoles he guards. An African bullfrog kept at the Pretoria Zoo in South Africa once ate 17 Juvenile Rinkhals snakes.
I’m bulking, bro. Doesn’t count. (Credit: Animal scene)
Lust - Bonobo
There’s only really one choice here. If you’ve read my recent answer you’ll know why:
I mentioned the bonobos’ penchant for orgies and stated that:
Bonobos like sex. Lots of sex. Male-on-female, male-on-male, female-on-female…they’re not too fussed who the object of their affections is, they just want to have a good time.
(Hmm, I’ve seen very similar phrasing in someone else’s answer to this question. And written shortly after my own answer about bonobos. Gee, what a coincidence!)
You guys are just prudes. (Credit: Flickr)
Pride - Falcons (/birds of prey in general)
You shall never tame my wild heart, human. (Credit: Pixabay)
I’d say most birds of prey have a haughty attitude and it can be hard to tame them. They’re also “proud” about their appearance (keeping themselves well preened) and can be quite territorial.
If anyone has any experience of falconry maybe they could let me know what the best example of this trait is (perhaps other falcons/eagles/hawks/owls?). I’ve just used a picture of a peregrine because they’re one of my favourite birds.
Also…We’ve already got sloth and bonobo, gotta go a bit less obvious and not pick the lion!
Envy - Adelie Penguins
Behold: the adorable adelie penguin, or (unofficially)“formal chicken”. Look at that little tux…
Ruining the animal kingdom one cute animal at a time. You’re welcome. (Credit: Antarctic journal)
If you look closely, you’ll see this little guy has a pebble in his mouth. Adelie penguins make nests out of rocks, to protect their eggs from melted snow.
“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s rocks” is a well-known commandment in the Birdble, but some individuals don’t listen. They’re envious of others’ beautiful nests and sometimes resort to stealing.
"It's a lot less energy and effort to steal a rock than to go find one," deNapoli said. "They'll steal a rock from a neighbor's nest so they don't have to go hunting further away like down to the shoreline."
Yep, the cute little chap above is probably a petty criminal. I want to see a receipt for that pebble.
Wrath - Hippo
What scandalous lies! You’ll pay for this! Oh… maybe I do have anger issues. (Credit: Pixabay)
The hippo is a pretty good candidate for exemplifying wrath, or “extreme anger”. They kill more people per year than any other mammal, and they’re fiercely territorial.
While they don’t eat meat, they’ll kill for the sake of it and even if the other animal isn’t a threat (there’s a video of a hippo killing a small antelope that’s stuck in the mud…dick move hippo). They’ve probably got a chip on their shoulder from all those movies portraying them as cuddly and friendly critters.
Hippos just don’t care. Don’t mess with hippos.
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