Octupus Eats Lunch – Inside a Lunchbox

Mornin' Sam...Mornin' RalphI’m taking a poll here, how many of you can fit into a lunchbox? No, I’m not asking how many of you have climbed into the 50lbs bag of chow your parents dispense food from, but a regular sized lunch box.

You know, like the one Sam Sheepdog and Ralph Wolf take to work every day.

OK I count…zero paws in the air.

Don’t be down on yourselves, I know I can’t fit into one of those small boxes either. Especially after I’ve had a second helping of “Hamburger Help Yourself”.

Well it seems Octupus (Octupi?) don’t seem to have this problem. Check out what these crazy creatures can do in the second, yes second!, story about an octupus this week.

BOSTON – What is 7 feet long, weighs 30 pounds, has eight arms and fits in a box slightly larger than a milk crate? Truman the octopus. Truman squeezed into a clear, acrylic box while trying to snag his lunch at the New England Aquarium in Boston.

Aquarium workers often place food inside locked boxes for the intelligent animals to crack open. It’s what the aquarium calls an “enrichment activity,” but it didn’t go as planned Thursday.

In this case, crabs were locked in a smaller box inside the bigger box, which is 14 inches per side. The impatient Truman bypassed the locks and squeezed his body through a 2-inch hole in the exterior box.

He spent about 30 minutes inside before slithering out, delighting staff and guests who witnessed the spectacle.

He never did get the smaller box open.



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