Crouching tiger! ‘Kung fu cat’ leaps and catches a bird in mid-air in astonishing slow-motion footage
- The video has been shared on the Weibo section ‘See how fierce rural cats are’
- Blogger Dan Shen Shuo compared the cat to Bruce Lee’s Kung Fu mentor Ip Man
- More than 150 million people have seen the video on the Chinese Weibo service
This is the amazing moment a cat leaps into the air and captures a bird in mid-flight, in a move which would have made Bruce Lee’s mentor proud.
The footage, which was posted by entertainment blogger Dan Shen Shuo has been shared widely on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent to Twitter.
According to note with the video, the feline, whose identity has not been revealed, ‘has great Kung Fu’ and was the ‘Ip Man of Cats’ – a reference to Ip Man, who was a master of Wing Chun boxing as well as the mentor of Bruce Lee.
The Kung Fu cat prepares itself for action as the unsuspecting bird approaches at low level
The cat spots the bird and tenses itself to launch by powering upwards with its hind legs
The cat shows David Seaman-like reflexes as he catches the bird, like how the Arsenal keeper plucked Paul Peschisolido’s goal bound shot in the final seconds of the 2003 FA Cup semi final and in the process, breaking the hearts of thousands of Sheffield United fans
More than 10,000 Weibo users have commented under the video.
One user called the cat ‘handsome’ and said it was ‘completely different from urban cats’.
Another person commented: ‘This is the kind of cat that I like, gentle at home and fierce once outside.’
The clip is part of a trending topic page, called ‘See how fierce rural cats are’, on a Chinese social media platform.
The thread on Weibo, China’s equivalent to Twitter, has gathered 150 million views and 22,000 comments.