A theroy to animals in zootopia
Do domestic animals live in zootopia? I have seen that this a debated topic among many fans... and the short answer is no, not in the way we know them.
It is a tricky subject to tackle, as there is lots to consider: where do we start to look? What animals do we count? Do animals with no change from their wild counterparts count?
I’ll start with the thorn in the movie’s side, and our favourite little bunny: Judy.
Rabbits can be wild and domestic, however wild rabbits only come in one colour, with just slight differences in shades.
Judy’s gray is not, in any light, one of these colors.
Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. It’s likely that a mutations caused different coat colours to develop. In our world, these colours would be bad for the rabbit as they would not allow them to hide from predators: but in a world without animals being killed, these animals would be able to survive to breeding age, and pass their genes down to their children.
But that’s just one animal. Dogs, cats , horses , pigs and sheep are other “domestic” animals spotted in Zootopia.
There is the common argument that certain animals as we know them today would not be possible in the movie at all. Considering that there are no humans whatsoever, it’s understandable that people would believe this- and to some extent, I agree- but what if the animals were to evolve, without human interference?
It is my belief that the animals in zootopia changed to be how we know them, the same way they did in our world- Natural selection. In their case however, it would be for more human reasons, as opposed to the need to survive. Animals wouldchoose to breed with animals that looked “pretty” or “beautiful”. Perhaps pigs began to favour those with less hair. Perhaps Rams favored smaller ewes, but the ewes prefer larger rams, which would result in the massive size difference between the ewes and the rams (or maybe Bellweather is just abnormally short).
If this is correct, then it can also explain horses: they adapted to their society and grew into what they were. I believe the colors might be different as, once again, things are different. In this case, I believe fashion would have been a factor- it would be harder for a designer to dress painted horses with such a mix of colours, so plain colors were favoured, or at least less visible paint markings.
I also spotted blazes on many zootopia horses, so maybe blazes are a marking liked in the zootopia horses.
I have stated my reasoning for pigs and sheep above What I am unsure about is how we have polled and horned sheep as this isn't something that can happen, unless the polled sheep are weathers,which I don't think is the case, but who knows.
Next, the cat.
While domestic cats as we know them would not be around, cats definitely would be. They would be more close to their wild type than the domestic animal we know , so they would be tabbies most likely, but they most likely wouldn’t mutate as the bunnies do.
Dogs are the only animal I would say absoloutely no to. They were bred for the humans need to hunt. Obviously, a wolf would not need to change to hunt for itself, therefore would not change to the animals we know as dogs.
At the end of the day, some domestic animals can exist in zootopia, but they should be believable. If you are unsure, have a look at the wild animal it came from, and the movie itself. Is there a reason the animal could become what it is in the zootopia world? Or is it an animal that was only bred for human use?