I'm Going to Spend Hours Staring at Hyrule's Wildlife in Zelda: Breath of the Wild

I'm Going to Spend Hours Staring at Hyrule's Wildlife in Zelda: Breath of the Wild

"I vow to defeat Ganon and restore light to -- wow, look at that duck!"

I am immensely fond of animals. A significant chunk of my work history is dedicated to taking care of them. I've worked as a groomer, in pet supply stores, at vets' offices – and, of course, I've taken care of my own assortment of dogs, cats, and rats across the years.

Though injuries were rare, my work has left me with a few noticeable scars on my arms. If we ever get together over beers, I'll tell you the story behind each one. The Labrador that didn't want its nails cut. The pug that had other ideas about getting its ears cleaned. The cat that really, really didn't want a bath.

Health issues have driven me away from my work with animals, but my love for critters hasn't dissipated much. Whether wild or domestic, I like to observe animals' routines and mannerisms, and wonder what motivates them and what they're thinking.That's why I'm worried I won't finish The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild anytime in my natural lifespan. If this Tweet from "Nickdoof" is any indication, Hyrule's wildlife is worth watching for hours on end.

We already knew Breath of the Wild dedicated an entire team to programming the behavior of its animals. The GIF linked above really drives the point home, however. Hyrule is teeming with moose, bears, foxes, horses, frogs, and waterfowl, and they don't just walk around aimlessly or stand around dumbly like you'd expect from many open-world games. The animals eat, fish, swim, and live their own lives.

These beasts are like, "Oh, one hero is all that stands between us and utter oblivion? That's nice. Look, I've got a lot on my mind. There's a hot female duck over there who's not paying attention to my mating dance, and I need to think of a way to up my game."

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Future DLC idea, Nintendo: A guided nature tour of Hyrule narrated by David Attenborough. Nobody will complain about paying for that.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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