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posted by griphus at 7:40 PM on January 10, 2011


I found this boring until the moment the cat turned to look at the guy holding the camera and he recoiled in fear.
posted by doublehappy at 7:44 PM on January 10, 2011 [2 favorites]


This video was in the suggestions section, and it is remarkable for not only having a cat defend a house from a black bear, but also that the women laugh immediately when the cat charges the bear as if they have no doubt the cat will keep them safe from an animal 50 times it's weight and that the young baby in their arms seems to be loving every second of it.
posted by Corduroy at 7:49 PM on January 10, 2011 [3 favorites]


I also really hope that these guys are doing a casual-er version of what this guy is doing for cubs and aren't just two idiots who took a bear home. For both their sake and the bear's.
posted by griphus at 7:49 PM on January 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


Not to be weird, but this is the first FPP I've really clicked on since the Giffords thread. Honestly? The best part is that even though I do not speak a word of Russian, or really because of it, I can just hear these guys' tone of voice, and realize that amusement at animals is really universal.

Even if you're a dude in a shack with a baby bear and a tomcat and you have oddly decided to let the bear attempt to groom the cat, you are going to laugh when the cat seems to be putting up with it for just . . a little . .longer.
posted by Medieval Maven at 7:50 PM on January 10, 2011 [4 favorites]


That's it? That cat put up with a lot of abuse, least of all, the foot of the dumbass trying to keep it closer to the bear as it tried to get away, and the upshot is that the cat got a few whacks at the cub? My cats attack their dinner more than that cat attacked the bear cub.

I demand a refund.
posted by crunchland at 7:56 PM on January 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


From my experience with cats, that's one of the slowest-to-anger cats in history.
posted by Astro Zombie at 7:57 PM on January 10, 2011 [35 favorites]


MAMMALS PLEASE STOP FIGHTING.
posted by The Whelk at 7:59 PM on January 10, 2011 [4 favorites]




Feral Druid brawl!

(The video would have been 30 minutes long if they were Restoration spec...)
posted by Xoebe at 8:01 PM on January 10, 2011 [12 favorites]


I like how the cat is all "okay ... watch it, buster ... okay ... okay ... little rough technique, but nobody ever cleans my ears ... this part is like petting ... peevish ... somewhat annoying, somewhat annoying THAT IS IT YOU, BACK IN THE BOX NOW! NO, YOU DON'T GET TO COME OUT OF THE BOX! BOX. YOU. THAT'S WHERE YOU LIVE NOW. And I'm done. *satisfied flounce off*"
posted by adipocere at 8:02 PM on January 10, 2011 [46 favorites]


Came for kitteh ultraviolence, left disappointed.
posted by MillMan at 8:04 PM on January 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


Here's a different cat video that might make up for your disappointment with the one in the OP.
posted by crunchland at 8:10 PM on January 10, 2011 [18 favorites]


That is an extraordinarily tolerant cat.
posted by vorfeed at 8:13 PM on January 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


That cat barely even puffed up. I think they've played this game before
posted by Redhush at 8:15 PM on January 10, 2011 [3 favorites]


Are those guys insane? What are they doing, sitting that close to a cat?
posted by honeydew at 8:19 PM on January 10, 2011 [19 favorites]


Two summers ago I did manual labor at a remote retreat center in the North Cascades, and (supposedly) it had been a bad berry summer, so the bears were coming into the village a lot more than usual. Some early mornings, guests would wake up, walk out the second floor door onto their lodge porch and, instead of seeing a family of deer eating grass or a fog dissipating with rays of light, their eyes would meet with a black bear ripping through cardboard and other random trash (all food was kept inside one building, so the bears really were desperate).

It quickly became a problem, so a bunch of us who worked outdoors in the village were called together one morning. Our boss told us that if the bears ever get inside a building, the village was legally obligated to call the Forest Service and have the bears shot. For a village run by Lutheran hippies, it soon became a top priority to keep the bears (and their many cubs) away. People were put on bear watch, circling the perimeter with radios and horns. Every time someone saw a bear it became this huge deal where you had to shout to all the other staff around you and then you would all form a group and pick up sticks and stones to throw towards the bears to scare them off.

But it was amazing because here were these huge wild beasts that we needed to both protect the village from and protect the bears from us. When I'd spot one, a rush of fear would at first come on and I'd yell bear! automatically, not even sure if any other staff were around. But then all these other people would just seem to appear out of nowhere and we'd all charge and yell and act ridiculous and feel courageous. It was such a strange experience, regularly screaming and throwing stones at huge, hungry creatures and I doubt I'll get to do it again.

And, no bears got shot! Even though one got about a foot into the pottery basement, technically warranting a bounty on it's head.
posted by Corduroy at 8:21 PM on January 10, 2011 [19 favorites]


Cats have no sense of humor.
posted by oddman at 8:28 PM on January 10, 2011


Meh, that poor old cat. That is not a happy cat. Excuse me if I overthink a bear and cat video on the internet and spoil the party, as well as potentially gloss over the cultural relevancy of the standards of cat and bear cub care in what appears to be rural or semi-rural Russia, that's not a happy cat. And it's no place for a young bear, either.

The bear cub seems to obsessed with the cat's earwax, to the point it appears that it's very nearly trying to earnestly eat the cat's head. Having seen this behavior in other mammals I think the bear is going after the salt and minerals in the cat's earwax, which could be a sign that the bear cub is malnourished. Which is what would happen if people were raising it on scraps instead of foraging in the wild or a studied diet in a zoo.

If I discard the nominal amount of anthropomorphized "Aww, cute, different species of mammals playing together and not actually eating each other" I'm objectively left with a scene with two rather unhappy and mistreated animals.
posted by loquacious at 8:30 PM on January 10, 2011 [8 favorites]


Awww. it's very lovable that animals know that infant or toddler behavior is innocent, if aggravating, and doesn't require the retaliatory response understandable when there is a deliberate provocation by an adult. Even when the infant is one from another species.

That marmalade Russian cat was admirably patient and then set healthy boundaries, which the bear cub was tempted to playfully overstep but got the message.

So interesting the complex social messages in such a short visual story.
posted by nickyskye at 8:35 PM on January 10, 2011 [6 favorites]


Needs more bear regret.
posted by iconomy at 8:43 PM on January 10, 2011 [5 favorites]


Что это за люди курить?
posted by clavdivs at 9:00 PM on January 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


So, it's this one dude taping this weird interaction between the cat and the cub… and the other dude telling the cat to "fuck that bear up, fuck it up!"… and the first dude telling the other dude to tone it down because he's going going to show the video to his daughter (!)…

This video makes me a little sick. This stupid, giddy amusement. Ugh.
posted by Nomyte at 9:01 PM on January 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


This is some kind of political metaphor, I hope.
posted by grobstein at 9:05 PM on January 10, 2011


The bear cub seems to obsessed with the cat's earwax

Cats themselves are obsessed with cat's earwax. Have you ever gotten into a cat's ears with your fingers? And then later let them sniff your fingers? They will lick your fingers and sniff and lick and sniff and sniff and lick...

Cat ear interiors seem to be a subject of great fascination to mammals that are cats, and apparently bears.
posted by hippybear at 9:15 PM on January 10, 2011 [2 favorites]


...AND I COULD OVERTHINK A CAT OF BEARS
posted by staggernation at 9:22 PM on January 10, 2011 [11 favorites]


Cats don't give a fuck.
posted by birdherder at 9:44 PM on January 10, 2011


If anyone wants to know why some of us love cats so much, check 17-23 seconds into Corduroy's link. That cat motherfucking races out to confront that bear. There's no better definition of badass bravery in the animal kingdom than that.
posted by mediareport at 9:49 PM on January 10, 2011 [2 favorites]


Ok, just saw the Russian hamster video. That's pretty badass too.
posted by mediareport at 9:58 PM on January 10, 2011


This cat is harmless. Try this one.
posted by yoyo_nyc at 10:26 PM on January 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


If Pinky was there, this video would not have turned out so well for the bear. Or the men.
posted by palacewalls at 11:18 PM on January 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


I love that in the FPP there's no fluffy tail. That's one awesome cat.
posted by Catblack at 11:23 PM on January 10, 2011


It's a badass Rusky kitty!
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 11:26 PM on January 10, 2011


Why is there a bear in the house?
posted by dirigibleman at 11:56 PM on January 10, 2011


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posted by clavdivs at 12:03 AM on January 11, 2011


hippybear, get your finger out of that cat's ear!!
posted by mannequito at 12:27 AM on January 11, 2011


Corduroy wrote: "a bad berry summer"

This is my new euphemism/excuse for everything horrible. Thank you.
posted by chavenet at 1:24 AM on January 11, 2011 [3 favorites]


Not hard to believe, recalling the cat that chased off gators.

No such thing as a scaredycat, apparently.
posted by bwg at 2:26 AM on January 11, 2011


Rhomboid posted this in Metatalk a few days ago as an example of what it is like to be moderating MetaTalk threads.

"Based on how a lot of MeTa threads unfold, I liken the mods jobs here to being the cat in this video"
posted by knapah at 3:38 AM on January 11, 2011


I love youtube comments: Cats are actually the rulers of the animal kingdom. There's always a video of some cat attacking or beating something into submission.
posted by Joe Chip at 3:58 AM on January 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


From my experience with cats, that's one of the slowest-to-anger cats in history.

I stayed in a guesthouse in South Africa which had a resident Siamese kitten and a youngish Great Dane.

The Great Dane took great pleasure in moving the kitten about in its mouth from place to place, and the kitten didn't seem to mind overly - despite getting covered in gallons of dog slobber each time.

There was also a husky, which looked at the pair of them with eyes that said it thought them both utterly stupid. But mostly it just looked hot and in need of some snow.
posted by MuffinMan at 4:10 AM on January 11, 2011


From my experience with cats, that's one of the slowest-to-anger cats in history.

And one of the furriest toddlers playing with it.
posted by DU at 4:30 AM on January 11, 2011


Russia is so much cooler now that it has gone post-apocalyptic
posted by Flood at 5:04 AM on January 11, 2011 [4 favorites]


And one of the furriest toddlers playing with it.

Nah, that's pretty much how we all looked at that age.
posted by griphus at 5:12 AM on January 11, 2011


hippybear, get your finger out of that cat's ear!!

You know, I would... but for the fact that both my cats BEG for me to play with the inside of their ears all the time.

And one of the furriest toddlers playing with it.

There are toddlers now who are also furries? eek!
posted by hippybear at 6:03 AM on January 11, 2011


somebody needs to do a tumblr on russian guys with cigarrettes and guns because that's all i could focus on --the fact that i expected the guy to have a cigarrette in hand and the hunting rifle in the back room.
posted by liza at 6:16 AM on January 11, 2011


Having seen this behavior in other mammals I think the bear is going after the salt and minerals in the cat's earwax, which could be a sign that the bear cub is malnourished.

I wouldn't jump to any conclusions; my bulldog does the exact same thing to our cats and she is not malnourished. I'm always amazed at how rough she can get, pinning the cat's neck to the floor with one leg while making free with the cat's interior ear, yet both cats respond to this treatment with adoration. Eustace, in fact, prefers the bulldog to us humans. I guess I should stop giving them treats and start licking their earwax if I want to be first in their estimation.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 6:26 AM on January 11, 2011


I had a cat that got into a fight with a policeman's German Shepherd after the cop and his dog decided to hop into my garden while looking for a burglar. Hendrix was a very territorial cat and took great exception to this. She launched herself at the dogs face and sank claws and teeth right in there. She took some bite wounds to the head and neck but was basically okay after the dog managed to shake her far enough off that I was able to grab her.

It was worth it for the look on that dog's face and the policeman's disbelieving exclamation of "What the FUCK? Is that a cat? THAT'S A CAT? What the fuck, cat?"
posted by Decani at 7:16 AM on January 11, 2011 [7 favorites]


You're lucky the cop didn't shoot it.
posted by crunchland at 7:28 AM on January 11, 2011


oh. you live in UK. Nevermind. That only happens here in the US.
posted by crunchland at 7:28 AM on January 11, 2011


These videos are better if you've got Pussy, Pussy, Pussy stuck in your head.
posted by mimi at 7:38 AM on January 11, 2011


I guess I should stop giving them treats and start licking their earwax if I want to be first in their estimation.

Nah just pet his ears harder. My cat will headbutt me in the hand until I squish his ears.
posted by thsmchnekllsfascists at 8:31 AM on January 11, 2011


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