Cat videos are swamping the internet. Search on YouTube for ‘cats’ and you’ll get 11.3 million hits. Fat cats, cute cats, ugly cats, cartoon cats: we can’t get enough of them.
Any enterprising puss that could film and upload its own home movies would be an instant internet sensation. Horizon: The Secret Life Of the Cat (BBC2) revealed the science that might make this possible.
In the Surrey commuter-belt village of Shamley Green, 50 pet moggies were fitted with GPS trackers that pinpointed their position to within a few centimetres as they prowled on their nightly rounds.
The most adventurous were given tiny collar-cameras to wear, offering viewers a cats-eye view of the world.
The cats were very much the focus of the programme: we didn’t learn their owners’ names. Instead, we met Ginger, who repeatedly snuck into his neighbour’s garden at 4am to fight the resident cat. Phoebe and Kato worked out a “timeshare” of their territory so they were never patrolling at the same time. There was Claude, who crept into a stranger’s house each night to steal food; and Molly, who travelled two hours from home to hunt from a birds’ nest in a wood.
猫咪们是整个节目的重点，我们都不知道他们主人的名字。介绍一下它们吧：这只叫Ginger的猫，多次在凌晨四点钟溜进邻居家的花园，和他们家的猫打架；Phoebe 和 Kato 这两只猫在他们的领地上则是“分时度假”，所以我们从来看不到它们俩同时出来巡逻；这只叫Claude的猫，每晚爬进一个陌生人的家里偷食物；还有这只叫Molly的，到离家两小时路程的一个小树林里去捣鸟窝。
The documentary contained few surprises. Cats, as their owners already guessed, like to sneak through next-door’s cat-flap and raid the food bowl; they hiss and yowl and then scarper when they meet one another; hunting mice is, mostly, too much trouble for them. 【已有很多网友发表了看法，点击参与讨论】【对英语不懂，点击提问】【英语论坛】【返回首页】