Japanese Cat Gains Fame for Unexpected Love for Frog Friend
A Japanese Twitter subscriber named Chinyuka tweeted a video of curious Rin-Chan the cat with a small tree frog and the cat’s unexpected (yet heartwarming) reaction caught the interest of the social media around the world. The clip has already received several hundred thousand views, not to mention more than two hundred thousand likes and shares.
In a 59-second video, one can see how the cat is gently patting the tiny tree frog who is surprisingly unaffected by the cat’s intimidating presence.
It is also interesting to see that Rin-Chan is making sure that his claws are kept hidden in his paws so as not to hurt the frog. A closer look will reveal that the cat’s fur is the only thing touching the frog.
At the mid and latter part of the clip, Rin-Chan can be seen smelling the tree frog up close. The cat’s nose is almost touching the frog but Rin-Chan is not even trying to open his mouth or lick the frog.
Rin-Chan’s reaction to the frog is a bit uncanny considering that cats, by nature, enjoy stalking and eating live prey – frogs included.
However, experts on cat’s predatory behavior argue that while cats are born with the instinct to hunt and chase, they still need to learn how to kill and eat prey. The skills needed to hunt, kill, and eat are apparently learned very early and it is the mother cat who is in charge of educating the kittens about killing to eat.
This is probably the explanation for Rin-Chan’s extremely curious reaction to the tree frog. Instinct may be prodding him to feel, smell, and look at the frog closely, similar to a predator stalking and studying his prey. However, since Rin-Chan is a domesticated cat who never learned how to translate his “killer” instincts to actual use, he merely “played” with his “food”.
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