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Sunday, April 06, 2008

This little kitten mewed loudly

Loud stray kitten
As I approached the bus stand, I heard something loud and raspy, like that of a loud mynah or crow. It turned out to be this little kitten, looking no bigger than a stuffed toy. It was so loud and distinctive that it could be heard over the din of traffic.

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What was even more intriguing was it had fixed itself on me! At first I thought it was walking in a normal, random pattern. But as I shuffled from one end of the pavement to the other, breadth-wide and length, the little thing followed me as well! I figured it was because I had stood still for a few moments to admire it.

Sensing that I was harmless and lacking any parental figure nearby, it must have thought that I was "safe enough" to be its surrogate parent. It was quite amusing to see it walk ever closer and closer to me, finally daring to walk between my feet!

(BTW I don't remember if "fixed" is the correct word. I remember learning about it in introductory psychology. The classic example given was of a professor who managed to get some baby geese to think that he was their mother!)

Unfortunately, I had to dash off when my bus arrived. I hope that move doesn't make the kitten feel a huge sense of abandonment. Hopefully, its mother arrived soon.



rinaz said...

I'm sure its mother will find it soon. Most animals are good at tracking :)

Yuhui said...

Yup, I think the mother just went looking for food and would have returned a while later.

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