When I think about fit, trim and positively svelte creatures, I don’t imagine a ferret.
I do imagine this weasel-like animal when contemplating Joe Pesci or ambulance-chasing lawyers. (Not sure why the former, maybe because he often plays furtive characters.)
Well Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett has made the ferret a poster child for making us a healthier city. In a news conference this week at the zoo, he said city residents are like the elephants he posed near, and not the fuzzy, playful furball ferret held by a zoo employee.
I’m not sure what animal would be inspirational to the fat masses of Oklahoma City, but it’s probably not a ferret. Imagine the motivational slogans “One more mile … You can do it … Be a ferret!”
How about a gazelle? Or the diversity-friendly zebra? Or even an elephant for goodness sake.
Is an elephant really fat? Or just really big? Someone with an elephant’s bone structure will never fit into ferrets clothing.
And elephants are herbivores. They eat grasses and fruits. While ferrets are meat-eaters and will munch mice, prairie dogs and even roadkill.
What animal do you think best represents a fit, healthy Oklahoma? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Simpson, Education Writer