For those of you not of the Gallic persuasion, parkour is an activity practiced by fit and adventurous urban kids. Making their way through a town, they vault obstacles, leap from promontory to promontory, climb up walls (and bounce off of them), and generally use environmental features to get from point A to point B by the most direct route. It’s a combination of gymnastics and rock climbing, and was the subject of an engrossing article in The New Yorker in 2007.
It’s better shown than described; here’s a video displaying parkour in action. It’s not easy!
But the main point of this, of course, is to show that kittehs do it too! Here are some parkouring felids:
I’ve never heard a cat vocalize quite like this. It sounds like a combination of the squeaky voice cats use when talking to their owners, combined with the chattering noise—also called “machine-gunning”—that cats make when they see a bird. We’ll have more on machine-gunning, and why cats do it, in a future edition.
h/t: Matthew Cobb (again)