A disturbing cat video

by Greg Mayer

The following video, by British filmmaker Sam Huntley (who might be a one-eyed owl himself), is not your usual internet cat video fare.

It does help us appreciate the world from the point of view of, say, a vole, though.

h/t: Chas Danner at Andrew Sullivan


  1. AndrewD
    Posted August 16, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    Greg, the video does’t apper to be embeded

    • AndrewD
      Posted August 16, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

      Doesn’t that should read Duh

      • AndrewD
        Posted August 16, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

        Oh I give up- all Hail to the great god Tpyos

    • Posted August 16, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

      Right click and click the first option.

    • whyevolutionistrue
      Posted August 16, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

      Seems to be working now.


  2. Posted August 16, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    I guess this will surely attract the attention of PZ.

  3. NewEnglandBob
    Posted August 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    What is more disturbing to me is that someone thought there was value in producing that video.

    • Gary W
      Posted August 16, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

      I think there’s value to it. It reminds us that cats are ruthless predators. Nothing against cats. That’s just their nature. But I think I’ll be keeping my own cat in the house a lot more (he seems less interested in going outside as he gets older anyway).

      • Diane G.
        Posted August 16, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

        Not necessarily ruthless, I’d say. Just a predator…

        • gravelinspector
          Posted August 17, 2012 at 3:10 am | Permalink

          Predators don’t rue what they do. Being predators, predating, rueing predation would be rather pointless. Like a blade of grass rueing it’s enslavement of those poor innocent cyanobacteria, taking away their bacterial rights to their own genome, reproduction, etc, and forcing them to photosynthesise all day long for a thin night time gruel of nutrients.
          How could someone look at those lovely sharp teeth set in a body-cavity-penetrating snout, feel the needle-like imprint of a kittens claws, see the directional ears and the binocular vision, and forget that these are excellently honed occupants of the predatory niche?

          • Gary W
            Posted August 17, 2012 at 10:15 am | Permalink

            If you’re trying to make a point, I have no idea what it is.

            “Ruthless” certainly seems an appropriate adjective to me. When I see our cat going after birds and other critters in the back yard, it shows no sign of any pity, empathy or compassion for its prey. Nor would I expect it to.

  4. Posted August 16, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    That’s all the evidence you need for not letting your cats outdoors.

    • RFW
      Posted August 17, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

      Unless you live in a very strange place, you are overrun with rats and mice. Feline rodent control is paid for in dead birds.

  5. Hayden
    Posted August 16, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    I’ve heard it said that when a cat does this, it is not so much a present as a warning.

    “Keep my litter box clean, or this could be you.”

    • Sigh
      Posted August 16, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

      You have frightened me. Not watching this. Do not want “cannot unsee”.

  6. Desnes Diev
    Posted August 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    Talking of cats and good hunters: Birth of lynx in captivity is a rare event. One cub is recently born in the Montreal Biodome (first living cub in 20 years, second litter). Details here http://tinyurl.com/cdzp6vx and some pictures of the cutie here http://tinyurl.com/c4p2t7q .

    Desnes Diev

  7. Posted August 16, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    I TOLD her to keep her damned cat inside. ;-)

  8. Posted August 16, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    Interview with Sam Huntley: Clawing to the top who’s no fan of felines. Anyway “Tibs” is the Nom** de Film of lovely green-eyed Millie who was paid in tuna it seems

    I like to think that Wednesday’s ‘gift’ was a door-to-door evangelical ~ Millie channelling the Roman Christian**/Lion myth

    • Posted August 16, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Permalink


    • joe piecuch
      Posted August 16, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

      “So we changed tact…”


    • Notagod
      Posted August 16, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

      It’s not so pretty once they take a good look at what goes into the making of a cracker.

  9. Roo
    Posted August 16, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    Is it weird that I was most upset by her screaming at the cat at the end, lest its kitteh feelings be hurt? Heh heh. Yeah. (Whistles nonchalantly and makes a hasty exit…)

  10. Posted August 16, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    Kitteh needs more feline friends to help clean up that mess.
    Staying indoors would help too, of course.

  11. fullyladenswallow
    Posted August 16, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    What was that line from an old WWII movie: (paraphrasing) “Well, kid, they may be able to kill you, but they can’t eat you!”

  12. Neil
    Posted August 17, 2012 at 1:21 am | Permalink

    “disturbing”…says the guy that allowed a botfly larva to maintain a residence atop his head until it decided to move out

    • gravelinspector
      Posted August 17, 2012 at 3:18 am | Permalink

      Is this something I don’t know about Greg Mayer?
      I’ve never suffered bot fly myself, but I used to work with an American programmer whose previous only trip abroad had been to Nigeria, and had lasted long enough to arrive at his hotel, have a swim, have a jet-lag curing afternoon nap … and woke up 3 weeks later in a Houston Texas hospital.
      Something like a bot fly, on the towel, combined with an allergic reaction. Lovely!

      • NewEnglandBob
        Posted August 17, 2012 at 3:29 am | Permalink

        Is this something I don’t know about Greg Mayer?

        Attributed to wrong person.

        • gravelinspector
          Posted August 17, 2012 at 3:44 am | Permalink

          Actually, apart from spelling his name, and association with the WEIT “!blog” there’s nothing that I do know about Greg Mayer. And I have to check the spelling!

          • Neil
            Posted August 17, 2012 at 8:21 am | Permalink

            Sorry, I didn’t notice the post wasn’t from Jerry. As far as I know, Greg Mayer has never intentionally let a botfly set up shop on his head.

            • gravelinspector
              Posted August 18, 2012 at 3:39 am | Permalink

              Now I’m more confused.
              So ; for reasons so far unexplained, but I can actually imagine … at some point i nthe past, JAC let a bot fly set up home in his head?
              Bizarre, in an impressive sort of way. If true.

              • Posted August 18, 2012 at 5:34 am | Permalink

                Listen to JAC HERE on Radiolab.org about his Costa Rican bot fly experience. I like the surreal idea of strapping a T-bone steak to ones head…

                Great story !

              • gravelinspector
                Posted August 22, 2012 at 3:24 am | Permalink

                (listening now) Fascinating.
                Absolutely horrible interface for that “radio lab” though. Through the various fire walls and satellite links, I get a 5 second burst, crackles for 15 seconds, another burst of sound.
                Why on earth won’t people provide MP3 links for things like this? Oh, I know – bloody advertising and so on.

              • whyevolutionistrue
                Posted August 23, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

                There are several references to Jerry’s maggot here at WEIT:


                The first and third posts, in particular, provide embedded video and a citation to the published account (in the book Tropical Nature by Forsyth and Miyata).


  13. heleen
    Posted August 17, 2012 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    What was it TIBS got on Wednesday?
    Tuesday’s blackbird was very tidy compared with blackbirds I find on the rug. Moreover, cats scarcely get adult males, it’s usually the fledging chicks.

    • Posted August 17, 2012 at 10:04 am | Permalink

      That’s the point ~ the duo who created the video left that unseen ~ more tension. See the link in Comment 8.

      • heleen
        Posted August 18, 2012 at 2:35 am | Permalink

        Very boring – spoiler.
        It seems likely Tibs got the steak from the fridge, but that makes no point at all.

  14. heleen
    Posted August 17, 2012 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    Look at

    and find the 1 May 2012 (01 mei 2012) clip …

  15. Draken
    Posted August 17, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    So Tibs went to the butcher’s to fetch a couple of steaks, but the package was leaking. What’s the problem?

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