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

Adorable little chubsters!

Posted on January 6, 2016, at 5:08 a.m. ET

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.

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

"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

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

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

Luckily for Canadian squirrels black is a slimming color.

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

Not so lucky for these chubsters.

This light winter has made for some fat squirrels.

People are just loving the fatter squirrels.

Does this outfit make me look chubby? #ottawa

This little lump became a meme.

Ottawa's Chubby Squirrel is getting famous!

Such majesty.

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


Just because, why not?

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

❤️❤️ We love you, fat squirrels. ❤️❤️

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.