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How Animals Eat Their Food is a series of short comedy skits in which the actors humorously depict how different species of animals would feed at a dining table.
On April 8th, 2013, YouTuber MisterEpicMann uploaded a video showing two men seated at a table sharing a meal, with one of them performing an interpretive dance to show how different species of animals eat while the other sits quietly, unaffected. In just four days, the video reached 7 million views. Within the first two weeks, the video accrued nearly 47.5 million views on YouTube and 3.5 million shares on Facebook.
The day after it was uploaded, MisterEpicMann’s video was shared on the /r/videos subreddit, where it earned 1,941 upvotes and 1,083 points overall. Also on April 9th, the video was featured on College Humor, Tastefully Offensive, Pleated Jeans, Laughing Squid, eBaum’s World and the Huffington Post. On April 11th, YouTuber Art The Bird uploaded the first parody video (shown below, left) featuring re-enactments of how cats, sharks and elephants would eat food at a table, which accrued more than 1.4 million views in 12 days. On April 12th, German comedy troupe Onkel Bernis Welt uploaded another parody video, using Grumpy Cat, an eagle and a sloth as examples. Within 11 days, this video has been watched more than 2.7 million times.
As more parodies began to pop up on YouTube throughout April, a number of them were featured on Laughing Squid, CollegeHumor, Dorkly and the Huffington Post. On April 22nd, Crave Online compiled a list of 8 of the best parody videos.
Huffington Post – How Humans Eat Their Food: The Animal Kingdom Responds (VIDEO)