A few nice video of animals images I found:
20070915 - Camping in Elizabeth Furnace with Beavis - 136-3635 - Beavis in the hammock
Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
Beavis was placed into the hammock several times. After 5 to 10 trials, he was able to get out in under 10 seconds. He quickly learned that if you walked to the end of the hammock, it is more taut, and so he is able to get better footing to jump out. In this YouTube video, however, he only got out by dumb luck, and was still learning. I think it's good to give young animals dexterity and spatial challenges for the same reasons parents give their babies puzzles and toys. It also helps desensitize them some, preventing "acute wussiness", which plagues so many kitties that hide under the bed whenever guests come. Not our cats! They come out and meet our guests! (Except the rejected kitten...)
Beavis the cat, hammock.
Elizabeth Furnace, George Washington National Forest, Virginia.
September 15, 2007.
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