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Jungle Cat Mimics Monkey to Lure Prey A First
nationalgeographic ^ | July 13, 2010 | Christine Dell'Amore

Posted on 07/15/2010 7:59:39 AM PDT by JoeProBono

Despite "poor imitation," cat shows surprising "psychological cunning."

For a plucky little forest cat, the key to survival might just be "monkey see, monkey do."

The margay (picture), or tree ocelot, mimics monkey calls to draw in prey, the nonprofit Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced Thursday.

Scientists in the Amazon rain forest's Reserva Florestal Adolpho Ducke, near Manaus, Brazil, heard a margay imitating the call of a baby pied tamarin monkey in 2005.

It was the first—and so far, only—scientifically documented case of a cat imitating a prey species in the Americas, team member Fabio Rohe, a researcher for the New York-based nonprofit WCS, said in an email. Rohe added that he's unaware of any other predators in the world using vocal mimicry as a hunting tool.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.nationalgeographic.com ...


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Science
KEYWORDS: kittyping; monkey
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1 posted on 07/15/2010 7:59:40 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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You’d think they could have gotten some audio/video like this woman did of her cat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eV71mpbvl-g


2 posted on 07/15/2010 8:05:49 AM PDT by fullchroma
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To: Slings and Arrows

sneaky kitty ping


3 posted on 07/15/2010 8:09:55 AM PDT by GQuagmire ( We are no longer Massholes)
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To: JoeProBono

"I wanna be like you..."

4 posted on 07/15/2010 8:18:30 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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To: JoeProBono

Can it mimic a Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey?


5 posted on 07/15/2010 8:20:08 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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6 posted on 07/15/2010 8:21:22 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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Magpies (a corvid like a crow or raven) are infamous mimics. They used to, when our dog was fed, ‘bark’ at her to get her off her food bowl. They worked as a team. One would “bark” at her, and the other would rob her of some food.

Cool that this cat has figured out how to get its prey to come to it! Clever kitty!

7 posted on 07/15/2010 8:21:58 AM PDT by allmendream (Income is EARNED not distributed. So how could it be re-distributed?)
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8 posted on 07/15/2010 8:22:59 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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9 posted on 07/15/2010 8:25:37 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: JoeProBono; Slings and Arrows; Lady Jag
STEVE BUSCEMI CAT

DOESN'T WANT TO BE "MR. PINK"

10 posted on 07/15/2010 8:27:14 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: JoeProBono

What an awesome story, and wonderful pictures! When I was a kid, I had a cat and a parakeet. After the cat died, we started hearing meowing that sounded like his, which of course was unsettling. The bird, one that is not known to mimic sounds like other birds can, was meowing just like old Chester. Sweet and creepy at the same time.


11 posted on 07/15/2010 8:30:28 AM PDT by solosmoke
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12 posted on 07/15/2010 8:32:55 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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13 posted on 07/15/2010 8:38:21 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: solosmoke

I know someone who taught the pet bird to say “here kitty kitty kitty”. The cat would come running and then look around but not see anyone. And the bird would clam up.


14 posted on 07/15/2010 8:39:33 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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15 posted on 07/15/2010 8:40:02 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono
Dadgummit! I thought this thread was about cougars!


16 posted on 07/15/2010 8:58:03 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: fullchroma

Aww, it said Tiggy passed away on June 23. Sad...my doggie is getting up there and it will be heart breaking when his time comes...


17 posted on 07/15/2010 8:58:32 AM PDT by FrdmLvr ( VIVA la SB 1070!)
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18 posted on 07/15/2010 9:08:41 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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19 posted on 07/15/2010 9:13:03 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: allmendream
cat and monky real love
20 posted on 07/15/2010 9:17:40 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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