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May 14, 2011 8:21 AM   Subscribe

Cat and Owl are Friends ( SLYT )
posted by The Owls (46 comments total) 34 users marked this as a favorite

 
The potential for disaster there is high. In pretty much either direction.
posted by thomas j wise at 8:23 AM on May 14, 2011 [3 favorites]


Self-link.
posted by gman at 8:26 AM on May 14, 2011 [20 favorites]


Needs more sailing to sea in a beautiful pea-green boat.
posted by DU at 8:27 AM on May 14, 2011 [32 favorites]


I'm amused by the way each of them reacts badly to the other's signs of affection.

Cat: *head bumps, attempts to twine*

Owl: *falls over* Jeez, dude, what the hell was that? What, you wanna fight? You wanna get knocked down? Check out this wingspan, biznitch!

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Owl: *plucks and grooms at fur*

Cat: Holy shit, sharp thing! Aah! Why the stabbing, jerkface? *batbatbat* Yeah, see how you like sharp things coming at your face.
posted by Scattercat at 8:31 AM on May 14, 2011 [26 favorites]


Of course the omitted detail in the video is that the owl is a pet owl (look at the talons) and they were obviously raised together... but still cool.
posted by crapmatic at 8:33 AM on May 14, 2011 [3 favorites]


Very cute, and owls = awesome, but I did have to mute the sound. I'd like to know more about these "two stars in the open country." I see that Gebra is wearing jesses at times. Do people actually use barn owls for hunting, or...whatever?
posted by Gator at 8:33 AM on May 14, 2011


Cat and Owl are Friends

That's just what they want you to think..!
posted by Capt. Renault at 8:39 AM on May 14, 2011


Well!
posted by ovvl at 8:41 AM on May 14, 2011


A parable in progress...
posted by Skygazer at 8:42 AM on May 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


Needs more sailing to sea in a beautiful pea-green boat.

Agreed. And, just for the record, a runcible spoon is not a spork.
posted by likeso at 8:43 AM on May 14, 2011 [2 favorites]


Inter-species love!
posted by punkfloyd at 8:45 AM on May 14, 2011


alien vs predator
posted by ennui.bz at 8:47 AM on May 14, 2011 [9 favorites]


Owls aren't used for hunting, but it's pretty common to use jesses when you need to tether one to it's perch.

I had a couple of owls at my house when I was a kid. My sister was a biology teacher and would end up with every animal in town that someone thought needed adoption or medical care. We once ended up with a baby Great Horned Owl, very small when we got it.

It was kept in a box (open top) in the living room. Eventually it got big enough to hop/fly to the top edge of the box, from where it would sit and watch TV.

She ended up keeping the owl, it was just too domesticated to release. It was very friendly.

Once I was old enough to drive it was my job to pick up fresh road kill (mostly squirrels) to feed it. It also liked liver.
posted by tomswift at 8:49 AM on May 14, 2011 [10 favorites]


Inter-species love!

I really don't want to deal with winged cats.
posted by The Whelk at 8:50 AM on May 14, 2011 [16 favorites]


I got big laughs when the cat doing his play pouncing recognized that the owl simply wasn't paying enough attention to avoid getting pwned and so jumped over the owl at the last minute. DUDE I TOTALLY COULD HAVE TAKEN YOU OUT. And then in the next scene the owl is DUDE I FLEW OVER YOUR HEAD AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN.

Best buds, yep.
posted by seanmpuckett at 8:50 AM on May 14, 2011 [4 favorites]


Common interest in mice, I suppose.
posted by WalkingAround at 8:55 AM on May 14, 2011 [5 favorites]


That cat is probably like, "Why the fuck can't I fly?!"
posted by kbanas at 9:03 AM on May 14, 2011 [5 favorites]


It is hard to deny that the cat is making a a solid attempt at flying.
posted by tmt at 9:09 AM on May 14, 2011 [17 favorites]


Inter-species love!

When I was a kid and still trying to wrap my head around evolution, I briefly had a harebrained theory that cats were the result of when an owl (the eyes and hunting and night time and stabby stab claws and some owls had cat-like ear looking feather tufts) and a rabbit (feet and fur) loved each other very, very much. Not every cat mind you, just the first ones. And now we have cats.
posted by kkokkodalk at 9:41 AM on May 14, 2011 [4 favorites]


Personally, it reminded me of an episode of Spy Vs. Spy
posted by briank at 9:43 AM on May 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


Needs more cowbell.
posted by katillathehun at 10:00 AM on May 14, 2011 [2 favorites]


alien vs predator

Yeah, there's something unnerving about barn owls' faces (and I'm sure they'd say the same of me.)
posted by FelliniBlank at 10:06 AM on May 14, 2011


I thought the cat was the alien.
posted by Gator at 10:07 AM on May 14, 2011


I really don't want to deal with winged cats.
posted by The Whelk at 4:50 PM on May 14


Deal with it!
posted by Decani at 10:09 AM on May 14, 2011 [2 favorites]


Inter-species love!

They'd be in jail if that were Florida.
posted by hippybear at 10:37 AM on May 14, 2011 [2 favorites]


On the one hand, adorable. On the other hand, what happens when the cat accidentally on purpose manages to snag the jesses when the owl is in flight? At best, broken flight feathers for the owl; worse, broken wing; worst, cat forgets they are friends and kills the owl. I have had the crap scratched out of me by cats who thought they were playing, but who momentarily forgot that my hand was not actually a mouse.
posted by rtha at 10:41 AM on May 14, 2011 [2 favorites]


I have had the crap scratched out of me by cats who thought they were playing, but who momentarily forgot that my hand was not actually a mouse.

Ah, the "forgetting" excuse. I see you're still buying that.
posted by hippybear at 10:44 AM on May 14, 2011 [18 favorites]


What network will this buddy show air on? I can totally see them fighting crime together.
posted by armacy at 11:06 AM on May 14, 2011 [4 favorites]


Predator friends.
I can't decide which would take which in a fight. I think they're fairly evenly matched.
posted by Gilbert at 11:27 AM on May 14, 2011


Cat has clearly figured out that if he kills Owl, the game is over. Remarkable restraint on his part.
posted by jocelmeow at 11:59 AM on May 14, 2011


"I really don't want to deal with winged cats."

Someday ask Dorothy about the friggin' winged monkeys..
posted by tomswift at 12:02 PM on May 14, 2011


Some of those tree moments seemed like "I'm pretending to hunt you." "No, I'm pretending to hunt you."
posted by salvia at 1:57 PM on May 14, 2011


We once ended up with a baby Great Horned Owl, very small when we got it.

You had a pet Great Horned Owl as a kid? That's awesome!

there's something unnerving about barn owls' faces

It's not the faces. It's the eyes.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 2:34 PM on May 14, 2011 [4 favorites]


I don't know how I feel about two perfect killing machines teaming up. I think it is pretty clear they are just biding their time, waiting for the cameraman to show weakness, at which point they will attack.
posted by Ad hominem at 3:39 PM on May 14, 2011 [2 favorites]


Cats don't really play, they practice.
posted by Ad hominem at 3:41 PM on May 14, 2011 [2 favorites]


Cat has clearly figured out that if he kills Owl, the game is over. Remarkable restraint on his part.

So has the owl. Have you seen their claws?
posted by dabitch at 3:51 PM on May 14, 2011 [2 favorites]


I can read cat posture pretty well, so I don't know what it's like for the Owl but that cat is screaming OMGOMGOMGMYFREINDCANFLYOHGODILOVETHISSOMUCHYESYESYES
posted by The Whelk at 3:54 PM on May 14, 2011 [7 favorites]


(and I'm sure they'd say the same of me.)

That makes it even more interesting.
posted by ovvl at 7:54 PM on May 14, 2011


Holy hell, Civil_Disobedient, when the eyes open at 0:45 the temperature in the room drops 20 C. That is the look of death.
posted by Existential Dread at 8:52 PM on May 14, 2011


Owl and kitten from an old Argentinian encyclopedia.
posted by dmo at 9:00 PM on May 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


That is the look of death.

aww, no that's the look of "I'm so sad that the lovely headscratching has stopped won't you please do it again"

That owl is so adorable.
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 9:16 PM on May 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


"Oh, hi Fuheywhatthefuckareyou..."
"Sorry, sorry, it's the flapping, I...God, I hate myself right now."
"No, it's OK, I know you don't mean it!"
"I'm...I really want to stop, it's just...I don't know, the claws, I'm not thinking...'
"Hey, stop beating yourself up about this! We knew there'd be, come on, look at me, we knew there'd be stuff we'd have to work through."
"...yeah, I guess...'
"Come on. Give me a smile. Who's my pussy cat?"
"..."
"I can't hear you!"
*paw poke*
"That's better. Let's puke up mice in that guy's slippers!"
posted by obiwanwasabi at 12:31 AM on May 15, 2011 [3 favorites]


I loved the bit at the end - "Hey, owl, look! look! look! Ha-ha, syke!" - but I shuddered at the potential for it to go all horribly wrong with those leaps - if the cat's body hits the wing instead of dabbing a paw at the belly it owl will have a broken wing.
posted by rodgerd at 2:34 AM on May 15, 2011


This video made last night so much more bearable. Thanks for posting!
posted by Wuggie Norple at 7:55 AM on May 15, 2011


Thank goodness they declawed their owl.
posted by found missing at 8:45 AM on May 15, 2011


Bigger owls eat cats. They are birds of prey, after all.

I'd very much bet on that owl, talons or no, in a fight. It could sever the cat's spine with its beak pretty easily.
posted by winna at 12:59 PM on May 15, 2011 [2 favorites]


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