Sep 142012

Does Sloth work at the zoo? I don’t think Sloth works at the zoo. I don’t remember seeing Sloth working at the zoo.

He proudly proclaims that he lazes about in his tree all day, only coming down to the ground once a week.

If this is the case, this dude doesn’t have a job. So what’s up with this?

Sure, Sloth lives in a tree, but does he have to pay rent of any sort? It looks like that tree is on Polar Bear’s property. Maybe he rents out that group of trees or something. But he needs money. Does he get some sort of government assistance?

The same goes for Penguin. When badgered about what he does when he’s not at the Cafe, he goes on a long spiel that has nothing about having a job. Polar Bear makes some offhand comment about everyone having shady secrets, but I think he’s saying more about himself rather than Penguin. So if Penguin doesn’t have a job either, is he getting money from the government as well? He has some sort of house, so he has to be getting income somehow.

Even Panda’s family seems to be living pretty comfortably without any obvious stream of income. Panda didn’t seem to need a job so much as Panda Mama wanted him to get out of the house and make something of himself. Despite all this, they have what amounts to a mansion. They own some serious land here.

All of these animals have no visible means of earning money, yet they do things that cost money. The only reasonable solution here is that the animals are receiving some sort of government compensation.

Here’s how I see it:

Most of the animals we see in this series are endangered, or at the very least are exotic and not native to wherever this anime takes place. As a part of this country’s protection laws, animals are given some sort of monetary stipend to help them maintain their population. With pandas technically being “endangered,” they probably receive more government assistance than polar bears, who happen to be “vulnerable,” one step less-threatened.

That probably explains why Polar Bear needs to earn some extra money on the side, while the Panda family can live pretty comfortably without needing jobs.

That’s also why someone like Sloth only lives in a tree. Sloths aren’t considered threatened in any serious way. He can probably only afford some comfortable tree in Polar Bear’s backyard.

But emperor penguins are also “not-threatened,” so how is Penguin able to live on his own, complete with a house, and spend his days at a cafe drinking expensive coffee drinks?

He’s probably won a worker’s comp lawsuit in the past. Or he’s a hitman.

Duke Waddle. Penguin 13.

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