Some foxes have high cholesterol, too

At least one kind of animal appears to suffer from the same problem people do, according to a story in the Chicago Tribune.

A study of San Joaquin kit foxes living in and around Bakersfield, Cal., might have high cholesterol because, as they forage through garbage cans, they’re likely eating the same junk food humans consume.

The study showed the foxes, according to hair samples from people and foxes in that area, had higher cholesterol rates than their country counterparts. Apparently, they enjoy foods rich in corn or corn syrup.

It’s believed other animals living in urban areas like opposums, or around its outskirts, like raccoons, may also have a taste for the “happy meals.”

The study didn’t explain, however, why some bears may get their heads stuck in honey jars.


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