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A popular video from earlier in the year, that deserves another look: defying the rules of nature’s design, these two natural adversaries have decided to get along…

By Posted Aug 22, 2011

The owl and the pussycat The traditional relationship between cats and birds is typical of the natural order of things, where conflict trumps cooperation in the evolutionary struggle to survive. But this interesting pair seems to have decided to get along, and share a mutual interest in hunting for rodents.

Posters to this viral video seem to know that the owl, Gebra, and the cat, Fum, have been raised together as pets. This would help explain their unusual, trusting behavior towards each other.

Readers of a certain generation may remember the childhood poem by Edward Lear, The Owl and the Pussycat, which envisions the two sailing off to sea, falling in love, and using the ring from a pig’s nose to seal their marriage vows. Interesting how fantasy and fiction occasionally intersect.

The Owl and the Pussycat, by Edward Lear

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
‘O lovely Pussy! O Pussy my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
You are, You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!’

Pussy said to the Owl, ‘You elegant fowl!
How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?’
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-tree grows
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose,
His nose, His nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.

‘Dear pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
Your ring?’ Said the Piggy, ‘I will.’
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon, The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.

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  • Linda John

    Great Post!

  • I have a cat who loves to hang out in the field near my two horses. He even eats grass nearby, which looks like he's trying to be part of the herd! I guess some cats try to make friends with whatever critter is nearby.

  • Radu

    :)) this cat is quite funny, i have 2 cats at home but they don't like owls or any kind of birds to much.

  • guadagnare

    Nice video. Very strange relationship between cats and owls.

  • Second Hand Car

    The relationship of cat and bird is very deeply along years and the people said that it is a natural tradition between cat and owl. But both another are enemy. Owl is the food of cat.

  • How have I never seen this before? This is insane, it almost looks animated or manipulated footage in some way…
    It seems like they'd end up hurting eachother when they keep swooping around and leaping at eachother with their claws and talons out… but I guess this is the way they play.

  • PetCare_Enthusiast

    This video story so exhilarates me! I could hardly imagine “a cat along with a bird” or “a bird going along with a cat”! A symbol of paradise!

  • Anne Shaw

    Just out of the world. When I saw the picture I didn't believe that it is real. Saw the video and was amazed.
    How on earth did this happen. Saw it 4 times and shared it as well. Hope to pass on a message to humanity.

  • Incredible footage. I had to laugh when the cat was up in the tree with the owl! I guess they were getting a taste of each other's "home turf".

  • Wouldn't it be nice if we all lived peacefully together like Gebra and Fum—irregardless of what our beliefs are or what we look like? Instead of right or wrong—just another point of view? We are all unique yet the same—and to value that, would be wonderful.

    • Greg Seaman

      Lovely comment Alease, thank you! "We are all unique yet the same" – this is an inspiring thought.

  • Neta

    Wonderful video! We have a free range(in a couple of rooms!) mcaw who gets along with 3 cats and 2 dogs. All the cats are interested in is her tail, which she will not tolerate. But those two, out in the wild playing, so beautiful to see.

    • Greg Seaman

      Cool. I love a home full of life. My sister in law in Denver has a cockatiel that runs free throughout the house and is a member of the family. Even sits at the table during dinnertime.

  • White Media

    I can’t believe I never saw this video until now! This was incredible. I am also intrigued by the relationship that these two animals have based on their natural coexistence. GREAT!

  • duck_prince

    so lovely, i also have a cat ^___^

  • sandra

    Good article post. And the video is just great. I think the two have been friends. At best the connection is where both look back at a time.

  • digambar gadgil

    we could not have imagined such a playful game of the two

  • Looks like Bella the dog and Tarra the elephant, different specie but they're not fighting. Sweet animals. 🙂

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