walking around a dead cat, why?
Were they paying their respects? Were they celebrating its demise? Trying to revive it? Did they even know the cat? This bizarre scene went viral on Twitter. Time to ask the experts.
They might be performing what’s called a “predator inspection,” says Alan Krakauer, a biologist at the University of California, Davis, who studies the behavioral ecology of birds, in an email to The Verge. Sometimes, animals lower down in the food chain approach predators — a behavior that can be seen as risky, but can actually help the prey. Making the predator aware that the prey know it’s there can sometimes scare the predator away. The “inspection” also allows the prey to check how determined the predator is to attack, and can alert other animals to the danger.
in any event what strange behaviour I really have seen nothing like this before.