20 Nov 2015

Cats and cucumbers - Dr Clément Lagrue

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:14 pm on 20 November 2015

Cats and cucumbers may seem like an odd combination. But it's a combination that has ignited social media throughout the world.

Online videos showing people terrifying their cats with cucumbers have been viewed millions of times.

Banana Cat

Banana Cat Photo: Beck Eleven

Videos show cucumbers being placed behind a cat while they are eating. When they turn around the cats get such a fright they will often leap in the air in shock.

To talk about why the cucumber is so terrifying to our feline friends is, Dr Clément Lagrue, from the University of Otago Zoology Department.