On Monday, I posted a wonderful and utterly unexpected video of a cow joyously playing game of fetch, racing after a ball and kicking it back to its human. (If you missed it, you can check it out here.)
The video was all the more funny to me, since it was related to a story of why I was so especially amazed seeing a cow run so fast, since my observation had always been that they just slowly lope along. And that was brought home so vividly when I was driving along the Maine countryside. This was in 1988, when I was working on the Stephen King movie Pet Sematary during my dark days doing unit publicity. I had a day off, and when tooling through the countryside, I saw a group of cows off in the distance of a very large, open field. I stopped the car, and got out to look at them. (Which by itself is probably an odd thing for most people to do, I would imagine. “Hey, let’s stop the car and look at cows!!” is not a phrase too-often heard, I wouldn't think.)
Anyway, as I stood looking at these cows, I noticed that one began very slooooowly meandering towards me. And then another. And another. And then one-by-one, almost all of them. It was a very big field, so it took a long time, maybe three or four minutes for them so ploddingly made their way over. And once they all got there – they simply stopped at the fence and starred at me. And stayed there starring.
It was hilarious and adorable. But it also drove home a couple points for me – how social and curious cows were, which I’d never had a sense of. Social and curious enough to want to see that human person over there a couple hundred yards away. And social enough for all of them to want to do it together.
But it’s that memory of how slooooooowly they all lugged their way over which stood out and made the video of that one cow running around playing “fetch” so hilarious and wonderful to me.
And as semi-proof of it all, when the cows all stood by the fence looking at me, I took a picture -- and here it is! You can see in the background where some other cows are how far then came. And you can even see a few more cows still making their way over.
I not only love and amazed by this video -- but I love the comment from the person who posted it because that sums up my feeling precisely.
This is another video from the wonderful The Dodo folks. And it transcends "adorable," as it tells a seriously impressive story. If you're interested in helping out, there's a URL address at the end.
Pretty much most "Adorable Animal" videos that I post -- as well as do most people... -- are those of dogs and cats, with an occasional adorable bear thrown in, or adorable ducks, something along those adorable lines. So, I thought that today I'd go in a totally different, albeit adorable direction. Here's one with an octopus.
This definitely qualifies as adorable, rather than merely endearing. Make sure you have the sound on for your speakers.
As I've noted, I love the videos put out by the fine folks at The Dodo. Here's another from them, though it's probably best described as "endearing" --
While the description of this brief video sets it up best, my favorite comment was from someone who wrote about it, "How do people find dogs like these? My dog barely knows how to sit."
This actually falls more under the heading of "Endearing," rather than "Adorable -- but it still fits. The Dodo is my favorite site for such things, and this is just another that meets their high standards. Their comments explain things well-enough, so there's nothing to add.
Kitten and lizards. Let's just say that the lesson we learn today is that when you are poised in stalking mode, so intent on your foe, deep in total tunnel-vision, sometimes when you're an inexperienced kitten you lose sight of the big picture...
It is a perfectly fine conclusion, but I suspect you'll probably wish that this ran longer to see even more of how all this fully turns out. But...well, it's plenty enough.
Perhaps if one could put a balloon caption on the final image, it might be, "What'd I do??" Though linguists might write a treatise on the subject and give it a different overall title. But I don't want to give it away, to I'll post that below the video. So, for now, we'll live it with the final caption -- "What'd I do??"
Here's the addendum:
As I said, this video might serve as a multi-media illustration to go along with a research project by a linguists, titling the paper, "On the Derivation of the phrase, 'Scaredy Cat.'"
Robert J. Elisberg is a two-time recipient of the Lucille Ball Award for comedy screenwriting. He's written for film, TV, the stage, and two best-selling novels, is a regular columnist for the Writers Guild of America and was for the Huffington Post. Among his other writing, he has a long-time column on technology (which he sometimes understands), and co-wrote a book on world travel. As a lyricist, he is a member of ASCAP, and has contributed to numerous publications.
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