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Seven Billion People? These Animals Aren’t Impressed
October 31, 2011
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The United Nations recently announced that, according to their best estimates, the seven billionth human will be born today. The milestone has people talking: the World Food Programme points out in this video that as of now, one in seven people worldwide suffers from hunger - a billion people in all - and that the two billion people with Internet access can help.

The BBC's website includes a feature that assigns you a number based on when you were born, and places your existence in the context of history. The UN Dispatch has an eye-opening interview with the founder and president of the Population Media Center. And National Geographic offers up this video comparing our population to some other species:

So yeah - seven billion's a lot of humans, but not every species is all that impressed. In fact, we contacted some representatives from species who have us beat, numbers-wise, and got their take on the milestone: Please note: the views expressed by these animals are theirs alone...

Rabbits
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"Wow, guys. You're doing great! Let me be the first to make the obligatory 'you're breeding like...us!' joke, and to remind you that we, just like you, can cause massive environmental damage the more of us there are. So, you know... Be careful. And thanks for all the carrots!"

Chickens
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"Seven billion?! Big deal. I don't want to lay an egg here, but every year humans raise more than 50 billion of us chickens as a source of food. And 74% of us are raised using what you guys call 'intensive farming techniques'. No offense, but you guys have 'free range' over the earth - maybe you could look into making a few more of us 'free range' as well?"

Cockroaches
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No cockroaches could be located for this story. We have turned the lights back out and are hoping a representative will come forth soon...

Squirrels
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"Nuts to you!"

Plankton
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"Congratulations, humanity! This is a big moment for you - of course, there are seven billion of us in this picture alone, so we're not that impressed. But still, quite a milestone. Hey, do you guys hear something huge behind us? OH NO NOT AGAIN... "

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