Well, I don't remember THAT particular trouble happening in the original episode ...
We didn't see the tribbles that ate significantly more than others. They went up like Mr Creosote, but that didn't make good TV at the time.
Good point; I was looking at it from the standpoint that we didn't see it happen onscreen. To adapt an oft-used sample sentence from the If-Then lessons of the Duolingo course:
QaQbe'chugh loSpev, vaj chaq jor yIHmey.