Jun 22 2011

#53 “Big Carrot?”

From a stranger in New York, NY.

Ok. I’ll bite. I’ll ask the obvious question: Why is this wolf so excited about a giant carrot?

I have spent a fair amount of time exploring the eating habits of wolves, and from what I have read, the list below pretty well sums up almost the entire spectrum of a wolf’s diet.

A wolf will feast upon rabbits, voles, earthworms, berries, grasshoppers, mice, birds, fish, fox, carrion, deer, elk, deer, caribou, musk oxen, moose, beavers, hares, muskrats, lemmings, raccoons, shrews, woodchucks, shellfish, ground squirrels, porcupines, skunks, cats, otters, bear cubs, bison, gazelle, fruit, eggs, and its own vomit.

…but apparently not carrots.

Now, since a wolf will eat fruits and berries, I am assuming that one would also eat a carrot if given the opportunity, but it would probably be unlikely that a wolf would encounter a carrot since they grow under the earth.

I guess this is just another WBS mystery, but as is often the case with any mystery, theories to explain the phenomena must be formulated. As a result, the list below represents my top 5 attempts to explain this picture.

1. This wolf is merely a small cub who has encountered an average-sized carrot that was dug up by another creature, and thus the carrot appears very large in comparison to the very small wolf.

2. The carrot is actually a person dressed in a novelty carrot suit who is about to be consumed by the wolf.

3. The wolf has consumed some sort of mind-altering drug and is hallucinating.

4. This picture simply represents an anomalous situation in which a wolf somehow does encounter a giant carrot and should be taken at face value.

5. This picture is simply a clever enigma designed by the artist for the sole purpose of causing the viewer confusion.

Any other ideas? Feel free to share…