[[File:Bepo.jpg|thumb|Rawr!] [[File:Pecoms.jpg|thumb|More RAWR!] Just to move the discussion away from Pekoms' talk page.
So... With good Pekoms the OP universe has its 4th talking animal (if I didn't forget about any - In case I did please remind me). So we have:
Now we all know that Chopper ate the Hito Hito no Mi, enabling him to talk and be (more or less) human. But what about those other guys? On Drum a reindeer becoming a human (hybrid) was apparently a big deal. At Sabaody the Marines wondered a little about Bepo. But starting form FI animals that talk and behave like humans seem to be nothing special anymore.
There was a theory on Pekoms' talk page that Pekoms and Bepo might be Minkmen. I highly doubt that. After all, Bepo was at the Human Auction house and was still considered a curiosity by the Marines. I would expect them to recognize a Minkman when they see one. Besides, Minkmen seem to be a race existing only on the Grand Line. But the Heart Pirates are originally from the North Blue.
Just what do you think are they?
And am I really the only one who thinks their existance (without any explanation) makes Chopper's character background story seem shallow and banal?