r/Damnthatsinteresting Jun 27 '22 Helpful 1 Wholesome 2 Heartwarming 1

The Jurassic Park theory is right. Keep absolutely still, their vision is based on movement Video

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u/LordOthello Jun 27 '22

To keep calm and still for that long surrounded by 3 predators...that birdie has got some seriously gigantic balls

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u/WhyAreThingsAndStuff Jun 27 '22

My heart beats fast when I call anywhere.

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u/allaboutyourmum Jun 27 '22

Social challenges are more frightening than physical challenges

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u/WhyAreThingsAndStuff Jun 27 '22

Is that why I am double terrified of group sex?

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u/Al-Anda Jun 28 '22

Please don’t pick up. Please don’t pick u…”Hey! How are you?”

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u/DoctorCIS Jun 27 '22

Smart, fleeing would activate the prey drive. Cats will paw at things hoping they will run. If it runs they will chase and kill for the fun of it, whether they are hungry or not. Staying still and boring is the right call.

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u/Tr0m33 Jun 27 '22

It doesn't fly away, cus it's balls are too heavy

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u/EquivalentHeadnmvbc Jun 27 '22

With cats this is sure to work at least for a little while to buy you some time. It's all about the hunt for them

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u/iAmUnintelligible Jun 27 '22

Massive cloaca

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u/GapAccomplished2868 Jun 28 '22

Pretty sure that cloaca woulda been tighter than a nun’s nasty.

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u/Kokomban07 Jun 27 '22

Surprised it could fly with them balls of steel

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u/Overall_Pressure_483 Jun 27 '22

That's why he can't fly away🤷‍♂️

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u/joknub24 Jun 27 '22

His huge balls are why he couldn’t just fly away.

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u/internetmovieguy Jun 27 '22

It’s probably to terrified to move

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u/aTROLLwithBlades Jun 27 '22

Their interest is definitely based on movement. Most well fed cats just kill for fun

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u/cernegiant Jun 27 '22

Yeah when I was growing up we had one cat that was an excellent mouser. But she'd play with the poor mouse for hours I'd you didn't take it away and kill it.

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u/AbbreviationsWeak189 Jun 27 '22

I had two cats and one was extremely small, like full grown was about the size of two kittens. Anyway the male would kill mice for her and she’d sit there for hours sucking it’s blood.

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u/cernegiant Jun 27 '22

Cats!

Any time I take a mouse from a cat to kill it humanely I give the body back to encourage the behaviour.

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u/BigBlaisanGirl Jun 27 '22

Mine used to do that the time. She'd just toy with it and paw it for hours and may even let it get away. Everyone else was scared so i became the official rodent killer whenever the cat made a catch. I absolutely hated her for making me murder them. I had hamsters growing up and the resemblance was too strong 😭

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u/WayneKrane Jun 27 '22

Yup, I lived on a farm. During harvest thousands of mice would flee the fields. The cats had so many that they’d stop eating them and just play with the mice by catching and releasing them until they were bored.

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u/ArsonJones Jun 27 '22

Well, birdie won that bet.

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u/neicro882 Jun 27 '22

Well that was intense

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u/IndividualRepulsive0 Jun 27 '22

The truth: British Shorthair ist simply stupid

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u/AussieGirl27 Jun 27 '22

Can confirm, my daughter has one, dumb as a bunch of rocks

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u/ashleyriddell61 Jun 27 '22 edited Jun 27 '22

As a geology nerd, I object to that characterisation!

No way rocks are as dumb as a British Shorthair.

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u/AussieGirl27 Jun 27 '22

Hahahahaha! Sorry

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u/Electric-Banana Jun 27 '22

Ok, how about dumb as a bunch of rocks with the smart ones removed?

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u/frentzelman Jun 27 '22

How smart is an empty bunch of rocks?

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u/deep_soul Jun 27 '22

It’s British Blonde Longhair that is simply stupid.

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u/SpeechlessMaly Jun 27 '22

God thank you I was about to lose my mind 😭

They’re just a lil stupid

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u/Twighdark Jun 27 '22

That's gotta be the bravest bird I've ever seen.

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u/Genghiz007 Jun 27 '22

Angry bird. Not.

A very smart bird that played 3 cats - in style and while being terrified.

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u/MrDreamster Jun 27 '22

He's just standing here, menacingly !

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u/gissycat Jun 27 '22

Why didn't the person filming shoo the cats? I hate it

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u/filthy-neutral Jun 27 '22

I can’t believe I had to scroll this long for this comment. I’m most appalled at the person shooting the video . They either waiting for the cats to kill the bird or for the bird to fly away either way this video is terrible.

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u/SpeechlessMaly Jun 28 '22

Yea it’s disgusting. Worst part is humans tend to put animals in bad situations to “randomly film it for clout” lately.

It’s a big issue on YouTube as well. Humanity is disgusting as fuck.

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u/Apprehensive_Set6277 Jun 27 '22

Because he's a cunt

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u/punhere22 Jun 27 '22

And miss out on online attention? It was only afraid for its life for a little while...

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u/gissycat Jun 27 '22

They could've attacked. It was petrified. It was cruel and unnecessary

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u/punhere22 Jun 27 '22

I absolutely agree, was it necessary to put /s after my post? It was a pathetic display of cruelty by a needy, selfish person.

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u/squirrelsnjewellery Jun 27 '22

Nah, I think it's obvious you were sarcastic.

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u/gissycat Jun 27 '22

Lol it helps, I've learned sarcasm doesn't translate so well in writing

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u/BlueKing7642 Jun 28 '22

Maybe they wanted the cats to practice their hunting skills

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u/[deleted] Jun 27 '22

And the Jurassic Park theory of people doing and filming anything for upvotes is also correct!

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u/stuffinmommy Jun 27 '22

Right?! Don't get me wrong, this is really interesting to see. But fuuuuuuuuck! That poor bird was fucking terrified. And the fact that someone stupid there filming and not chasing them away to help..... Just ... But yeah, it's interesting.

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u/welloiledmachine94 Jun 27 '22

If the person intervened that bird could've been kitty food. It got away on it's own.

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u/HonestBalloon Jun 27 '22

It's not that their vision is based on movement, it's just the rapid movements sets off the cats chase / play instinct.

I've seen plenty of cats catch little birds, and once the birds fear kicks in and they become still, the cat quickly loses interest

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u/endurolad Jun 27 '22

That's what I came to say. Who the fuck stands there filming 3 cats surrounding a terrified bird?

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u/FlippinZhao Jun 27 '22

Animals eat animals with or without human interference.

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u/babyreksai Jun 27 '22

Domesticated cats killing off entire native bird populations is definitely human interference

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u/WhyAreThingsAndStuff Jun 27 '22

That plus this hilarious excuse people have to be sadistic in the name of it being "natural." Save the bird? Dont intervene, its nature! Watch the bird be toyed with until its dead? Enjoy the show!

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u/adiamondintheruff Jun 27 '22

If they were wild cats they'd kill too. Circle of Life. Cats domesticated themselves. We aren't responsible for them being in our homes, they are. Humans didn't do this one.

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u/babyreksai Jun 27 '22

Yeah so really the blame is on single cell organisms for evolving into multi cell organisms. Humans have done nothing wrong to this earth. /s

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u/A-m_i Jun 28 '22

Sure, but we brought them everywhere. Cats wouldn't be in most of tve world if we hadn't brought them there.

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u/Unluckly_Diaz Jun 27 '22

Well, the child and vulture picture is a thing for nearly three decades now, so it isn't really something new. Then there is a big part of population that does not believe animals can think or feel emotions (easy to debunk by just spending some time with animals, but yeah, go on and try to fix such opinions) and the fact that people don't really have one moral code to share. Hard to know what exactly was in head of a person who recorded this, it didn't had to be "oh this will give me like tons of up votes on Reddit". I mean it could, but didn't had to be.

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u/InterestingAsk1978 Jun 27 '22 edited Jun 28 '22

No, the cats clearly see the bird, but as they're domestic cats used to toys, they think it might be a new toy/rock/whatever, not a living bird.

Edit: the bird might actually be a realistic enough looking toy or statue or something like that, and the cats are confused.

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u/Particular-Demand-62 Jun 27 '22

They're predators in it for the chase.

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u/Chilifille Jun 27 '22

Except that the bird is a dinosaur, not the cats. And the cats could very clearly see it, they were just waiting for the hunt to begin.

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u/unclepaprika Jun 27 '22

Thank you, that really bugged me

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u/DMDamian Jun 27 '22

Any have the source for the music ?

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u/tensionsteve Jun 28 '22

Wolfgang Woehrle - Escape

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u/mcjambrose Jun 27 '22

That was an intense 1.44 minutes, my heart was racing

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u/SwimmingBeneficial93 Jun 27 '22

Would have been a way to help it?

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u/2017hayden Jun 27 '22

More like the cats were confused that the bird wasn’t moving and we’re trying to figure out what was wrong with it.

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u/aburke626 Jun 27 '22

That’s what I think! They know what a bird is, but they don’t understand why it’s just sitting there.

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u/petka11 Jun 27 '22

Toxoplasma gondii?

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u/thisisnotmyname17 Jun 27 '22

Do birds get that? Interesting thought!

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u/AJV2020 Jun 27 '22

Get rid of the flare!

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u/GEM592 Jun 27 '22

birds are waaaaay smarter than cats

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u/Reneeisme Interested Jun 27 '22

I’m pretty sure the cats wanted to kill it/play with it and couldn’t tell if it was alive. Not moving is effective for raising that doubt, not because they couldn’t see it. Cats aren’t scavengers, especially well fed house cats. They just want to kill things.

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u/Father_Thyme45 Jun 28 '22

Smel like burb, look like burb...no move like burb...no move...not burb.

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u/HardPawns Jun 27 '22

Me, when three pretty women starts talking to me in a bar

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u/jakekick1999 Jun 27 '22

Can someone tell me the music name ?

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u/Skynutt Jun 27 '22

Sounds like it could be from a Metal Gear Solid.

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u/irightdontgiveafuck Jun 27 '22

Shout out to the people in the comments who actually believe that OP thinks cats vision is based on movement 😂😂😂

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u/storyseekerx Jun 27 '22

As I walk through the valley of the shadows of death...🎙️🎹🎼🎵🎶

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u/Vpk-75 Jun 27 '22

Its the other way around. Birds are dinosaurs.

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u/heardbutnotseen2 Jun 27 '22

I’m a cat person but in this case I’m rooting for the bird. Glade he got away.

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u/flameyenddown Jun 27 '22

This reminds me of that OwlKitty video

Edit: this one https://youtu.be/W85oD8FEF78

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u/deveash Jun 27 '22

Actually that works on reptiles not on feline.

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u/kenkitt Jun 27 '22

Stupid Tom

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u/Biff_Bufflington Jun 27 '22

Billy Chickadee Williams he cool.

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u/fredrickmedck Jun 27 '22

But the bird is the dinosaur?

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u/Big-Active3139 Jun 27 '22

Best action movie/soundtrack i've seen in a while..

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u/meemboy Jun 27 '22

What’s the name of the song?

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u/okthenweirdo Jun 27 '22

We had a blind rabbit when I was growing up, came homes from walking our dogs one day to find the rabbit had escaped in to the garden. Bear in mind I had a jack russle and a lurcher who frequently worked together to catch wild rabbits. They ran up to it and pounced around a few times but my rabbit just hopped lazily and didn't react much. They kept prodding him with their noses like they were saying "cmon run!". Eventually they just got bored and walked away

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u/Bloodymickey Jun 27 '22

You can feel this bird’s terror

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u/yellowboyusa Jun 27 '22

I would do the same if i am surrounded by that many pussies.

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u/GatorTheCatt Jun 28 '22

Reason why he messed up taking off was surely because the weight of that bird’s balls

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u/cheazdiseaz Jun 28 '22

None of this birds friends are going to believe him

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u/RebelMountainman Jun 27 '22

Great this is the perfect scenario showing why cats should be kept inside, they kill everything insight.

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u/Efficient-Coconut794 Jun 27 '22

It’s not a vision thing, they can see it perfectly fine. It’s an instinctive reaction towards movement. Reptiles exhibit this trait the best - movement helps orient their surroundings and they simply react to opportunities. Although these cats look like they’re just “playing” with the bird

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u/nalgapeluda Jun 27 '22

Cat owners as soulless as their pets

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u/welloiledmachine94 Jun 27 '22

And dog owners are as smelly as their pets.

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u/HMZMH20 Jun 27 '22

At 1:09, one cat kisses and pets the bird.

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u/Mr-Wigz Jun 27 '22

Now that was some intense shit!

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u/xtrabeanie Jun 27 '22

He got the cats monologuing.

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u/bluetuxedo22 Jun 27 '22

I use the same strategy with my wife

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u/Corniss Jun 27 '22

cats do have bad nearsightedness right ?

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u/andy2002andrei Jun 27 '22

Yes, you are right

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u/GurrenLagann214 Jun 27 '22

Damn I thought he was going to implode due to his heart beating 200bpm.

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u/Tomandmarley Jun 27 '22

Fuck cats, absolute cunts.

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u/Zephyramus707 Jun 27 '22

SPITTIN FACTS FR!!!

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u/SereniaKat Jun 27 '22

I'd say the cat is just curious, and not hungry or playful.

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u/Hitchslap11 Jun 27 '22

Cats suck.

This looks like a Wren, maybe a Carolina Wren. Beautiful bird with a very distinct and beautiful call. Glad he made it.

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u/Stellar_Observer_17 Jun 27 '22

Tweety Pie is as cool as an icebox.

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u/oscillating_wildly Jun 27 '22

Dante at the gates of hell, meeting catberus

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u/RedChaoticPanda Jun 27 '22

Stay absolutely still brother. We will make it through this night.

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u/granoladeer Jun 27 '22

"nah man, it's just a funny smelling rock"

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u/camoboi727 Jun 27 '22

Bird(casualy uses 100000 iq)

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u/spinjinn Jun 27 '22

Obviously they can see the bird. They keep staring at it and stop just short of shoving it. What is probably activated by motion is their hunting instinct.

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u/Aninvisiblemaniac Jun 27 '22

With cats this is sure to work at least for a little while to buy you some time. It's all about the hunt for them

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u/BioNova33 Jun 27 '22

"Hunting's no fun when your prey doesn't move." - El P

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u/J-Cromag Jun 27 '22

“I am one with the force. The force is with me. I am one with the force. The force is with me…”

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u/AuraMaster7 Jun 27 '22

The bird is the dinosaur, though...

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u/goodvibesandsunshine Jun 27 '22

That bird was extremely cool under pressure!! What a little hero.

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u/aleishia6 Jun 27 '22

Rescue the birb!

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u/jwrice Jun 27 '22

Should've played the Mission Impossible Theme Song 😂

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u/Nicadeemus39 Jun 27 '22

It's the cat from Pet Semetary...and his siblings!

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u/7frosts Jun 27 '22

Great story for the grandchicks

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u/FluphyBunny Jun 27 '22

POS could have got the cats out the way.

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u/Starry-Gaze Jun 27 '22

at the very least hunting instinct is only really sparked by movement

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u/Flux_Aeternal Jun 27 '22

You're in a desert, walking along in the sand, when all of a sudden you look down and see a tortoise. It's crawling toward you.

You reach down and you flip the tortoise over on its back.

The tortoise lays on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun, beating its legs trying to turn itself over, but it can't. Not without your help. But you're not helping.

Why is that?

Gotta get those likes for the video.

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u/jgomulka24 Jun 27 '22

This was better than the new Top Gun

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u/DirtSmoothie Jun 27 '22

They prefer cheeseburgers.

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u/outlier74 Jun 27 '22

I’m surprised they didn’t try to knock it over.

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u/Tomazh Jun 27 '22

Poor bird. And who is the stupid asshole filming the whole ordeal without helping it.

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u/feltsandwich Jun 27 '22

Badass bird, I would have emptied my cloaca in that situation.

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u/SpeechlessMaly Jun 27 '22

That bird is lucky it was that breed of cat is all I’m saying.

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u/Routine_Walk_364 Jun 27 '22

"Nobody... Move... A muscle..."

5 secs later...

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u/ArcMcnabbs Jun 28 '22

Thats a pokemon

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u/TB500_2021 Jun 28 '22

Shout-out to the camera man👋

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u/AGripInVan Jun 28 '22

Lmfao that was jntense

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u/KingRobotPrince Jun 28 '22

But they can still clearly see the bird. They are looking at it and sniffing it.

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u/C-ORE Jun 28 '22

Poor bird.....must feel like it was a lifetime under 3 cats

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u/carmium Jun 28 '22

Our cat met me as she came in from the deck - with a small bird in her mouth. "OMIGAWD DROP THAT DROPIT RIGHT NOW OH JEEZUZ LEGGO OF IT!" I explained. She dropped it and skittered away, but the poor birdie was completely inert. Should I take it outside? What if it wasn't quite dead? Was I supposed to leave it for an hour to be sure it croaked? Would it go in garbage or recyclables? While I agonized over my options, it suddenly hopped up and flew straight at the glass sliding door - and zipped neatly through the six inches it was open.

I have to say I was impressed.

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u/SepticX75 Jun 28 '22

Bird has stories now

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u/Darkreflection7 Jun 28 '22

Flight, fight and FREEZE is the mechanism responses. No fight or flight, so it froze from fear.

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u/Smug-Idiot Jun 28 '22

That bird must’ve been shitting bricks of unforeseen magnitudes.

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u/huggothebear Jun 28 '22

This was awesome! I shocked the cats cant smell it. House cats man

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u/imdumbsoyeah Jun 28 '22

"If i move i'm dead, if i move i'm dead, if i move i'm dead, if i move i'm dead, if i move i'm dead."

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u/blatherscyte Jun 28 '22

Also consider that Shorthairs are relatively a “mentally challenged” breed

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u/sillypunt Jun 28 '22

Is no one gonna say anything about the demon cats eyes? Just me? Ok..

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u/tensionsteve Jun 28 '22

For those asking, track is Wolfgang Woehrle - Escape

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u/deathadrine Jul 09 '22

You mean instinct not sight

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u/Vapeitupvapeitup 14d ago

Excruciating experience for the poor little bird, it’s a wonder it’s heart didn’t stop from fright. Why didn’t you take your cats away? Hoping they were going to kill it?

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u/Robrues Jun 27 '22

I’m pretty sure it’s a statuette. A live bird would just fuckin fly away. All these comments about how brave or smart the bird is lol. It’s a goddamn bird! Birds fly! They don’t have to be brave or smart!

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u/MysteriousDudeness Jun 27 '22

Interesting how the statuette flies away at the end?