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May 4, 2012 10:21 AM   Subscribe

Cats and peacock [SLYT]
posted by BEE-EATING CAT-EATER (24 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
Someone needs to chase that Peacock off before he has cat for lunch. Peacocks are notorious animal killers.
posted by Malice at 10:30 AM on May 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


that was an adorable video!

Question: What accent was I hearing? I could not for the life of me place it.
posted by rebent at 10:34 AM on May 4, 2012


Eponysomething?
posted by brundlefly at 10:47 AM on May 4, 2012


That made me so tense! Peacocks are battle-tastic critters. One infamously killed a toddler at a zoo not long ago, even. I kept wanting to just chill and find it cute/beautiful, but I was white-knuckled, instead.

I'm interested in knowing about the accent, too. Reminded me of the Cajun folks I used to know in Houston, but that's probably not it.
posted by batmonkey at 11:00 AM on May 4, 2012


Not cute, funny or adorable; those are the implicit conditions of this being acceptable, yes?

The kittens are, plain and simple, being allowed to harass the peacock. Who has, in point of fact, been incredibly tolerant though pissed off in this video. The kittens could easily end up dead. Peacocks don't give much warning when they cross over from cranky to kill state.

My sister had pet peacocks. She had cats. She made sure their paths never crossed.

On a lighter note, when I was very young, I knew the boy I had a crush on liked me back when he leaped into the peacock pen at a zoo to bring me a tail feather that had fallen. He survived, and I had that feather for years. Until I used it as a cat toy....
posted by vers at 11:12 AM on May 4, 2012 [2 favorites]


@rebent: I'm guessing Australian English with an asian (South Pacific?) accent.
posted by sbutler at 11:16 AM on May 4, 2012


Darn...watched all the way through just waiting for the peacock to fall backwards down the steps. I am disappointed.
posted by SixteenTons at 11:43 AM on May 4, 2012


I don't think I have ever seen the structure of a peacock's tail from behind, so I got that out of it. On the other hand, I was sort of uncomfortable watching the kittens harass that bird....
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:52 AM on May 4, 2012 [2 favorites]


At what point did it become socially acceptable for our society to record videos of two different species interacting with each other: the one obviously in displeasure with the other. There are just more and more and more of these.

That fucking baby and lion video from a few days ago.

They are entertaining but I feel dirty watching many of these. I don't think we'd enjoy these situations and yet we're perfectly content to watch our pets interact with other wildlife because fuck, it's so damn charming and cute.
posted by Fizz at 12:40 PM on May 4, 2012


Sounded like a South African accent to me.
posted by orrnyereg at 12:53 PM on May 4, 2012


I was uncomfortable with it, too. It wasn't cute; it was harassment of the peacock, and could have been a lot worse for the kittens. This will keep me from watching YouTube links for a while, I guess.
posted by kellyblah at 1:09 PM on May 4, 2012


For a member of a species with a reputation for meanness, that peacock was pretty tolerant, especially considering that the kitten was treating him like a deluxe two-legged version of one of those cat toys that have feathers on the end of a stick.
posted by Nat "King" Cole Porter Wagoner at 1:45 PM on May 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


Heh.
posted by Gator at 2:07 PM on May 4, 2012


I'm sorry, this was both cute and hilarious.
posted by longdaysjourney at 2:18 PM on May 4, 2012 [4 favorites]


Those kittens look like they have a bad case of worms.

/debbiedowner
posted by The otter lady at 2:43 PM on May 4, 2012


Because I'm at the point in my life where I don't really like to go out much and would rather just stay at home with the cats, I have this new ritual of stopping by the Dollar Tree on Friday evenings (because it's between my the bus stop and my house) and buying a new cat toy but OH MY GOD NOW I HAVE TO GET A HOUSE PEACOCK.
posted by mudpuppie at 3:21 PM on May 4, 2012


I thought this was cruel. I couldn't watch it.
posted by Tullyogallaghan at 6:54 PM on May 4, 2012


One infamously killed a toddler at a zoo not long ago, even

Do you happen to recall where this happened? Because I'm rather morbidly fond of killer birds, I tried googling for this but only found a story from a few years ago about a Denver 3-year-old who received some stitches to the face after a zoo peacock went for his cheese.
posted by jamaro at 12:19 AM on May 5, 2012


I'm rather morbidly fond of killer birds

Yeah, me too. Especially flightless killer birds. What a horrible way to die. Because it wouldn't be quick, and you'd have time to think "holy shit I'm being mauled to death by a large flightless bird this is both silly and excruciatingly painful". Your friends will remember you as The Guy Who Lost A Fight With A Flightless Bird.

I mean, falcon out of nowhere, BAM, rakes your eyes, you scream, lose your balance, plummet from a cliff, OK. Awful accident, whoa a falcon, really? That's a Good Death. But "trampled by an ostrich"? Not so much. It's grotesque, but silly.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 3:11 AM on May 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


That mother cat looked severely messed up--maybe missing an eye, certainly with damage to head and ear. Not a pretty sight. And the kittens look as though they desperately need de-worming. The poor bird looked unhappy and tense to be treated like a big cat toy.

I wanted to find this cute; instead I felt sad and disturbed for everyone in the video.
posted by kinnakeet at 6:13 AM on May 5, 2012


What accent was I hearing? I could not for the life of me place it.

Creole. Most likely from Louisiana. I hear it a lot down here in Texas.
posted by Malice at 8:06 AM on May 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


Man, that was one dumb cat.

Also, there were so many different cats and kittens in that video, none of them looking at all related to each other. I find that a bit worrisome (just how many cats are there outside of the frame?!?!)

Anybody have insight as to why the peacock had its feathers out like that? Isn't that reserved for, um, special occasions?
posted by iamkimiam at 8:37 AM on May 5, 2012


That's a Good Death. But "trampled by an ostrich"? Not so much.

Some years ago, an elderly man was killed by an ostrich at a ostrich farm. The quote by the coroner has always stuck in my head, "It wasn't a peck. This was footwork."
posted by jamaro at 7:03 PM on May 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


BitterOldPunk: "Yeah, me too. Especially flightless killer birds. What a horrible way to die. Because it wouldn't be quick, and you'd have time to think "holy shit I'm being mauled to death by a large flightless bird this is both silly and excruciatingly painful". Your friends will remember you as The Guy Who Lost A Fight With A Flightless Bird."

One summer when I was a kid I was a tour guide at a temporary dinosaur exhibit at the Audubon Zoo, and for some reason they kept a "juvenile" robot T. rex in an enclosure with a couple of cassowaries.

If you ever see one of those guys up close, "silly" is not the thing that occurs to you. They are modern-day therapod dinosaurs and they are terrifying. I actually saw them do the Jurassic Park Dilophosaurus thing where you'd look away... look back... and they'd be closer.

*shudder*
posted by brundlefly at 8:29 PM on May 5, 2012


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