A mystery unsolved... mayb not for long.???

Discussion in 'Free Thoughts' started by cluelusshusbund, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. cluelusshusbund + Public Dilemma + Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    7,463
    What critter made these tracks in the snow.???
    The black thangs is sunflower seeds.!!!

    Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!

     
  2. Guest Guest Advertisement



    to hide all adverts.
  3. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 69 years old Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    8,138
    The One Leged Hopping Sunflower Seed Dropper

    Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!

     
    DaveC426913 likes this.
  4. Guest Guest Advertisement



    to hide all adverts.
  5. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

    Messages:
    33,248
    How long are the tracks? There's no scale in the photo.
     
  6. Guest Guest Advertisement



    to hide all adverts.
  7. origin In a democracy you deserve the leaders you elect. Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    10,907
    The pictures is not very clear but it looks about right for a domestic cat.
     
  8. cluelusshusbund + Public Dilemma + Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    7,463
    Thats perty much what i thout when i saw it.!!!

    Goin by one of the sunflower seeds in the pic... id say that the tracks are about as long as a domestic cat woud make.!!!

    Heres a close up of one of 'em.!!!

    Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!

     
  9. Jeeves Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    3,555
    Cipmunk, retracing its own tracks.
    Only, it should be asleep. Was there a mild couple of days before the fresh snowfall?
     
  10. cluelusshusbund + Public Dilemma + Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    7,463
    The tracks are from over 8 years ago an i dont remember the weather befor the snow fell... but after just now seein the video below i guess... domestic cat.!!!

     
  11. Jeeves Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    3,555
    My cats never smudge their tracks like that; they're all perfect five-point landings, palm and four distinct toes. In snow, I would also expect them to be bigger than this. Maybe a kitten, running?
     
  12. cluelusshusbund + Public Dilemma + Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    7,463
    Ther are chip monks in our area but i dont recall any out an about at the time.!!!
    I thank ther was a bit of freezin rain over some snow... an then a bit of snow on top of that in which the critter made its tracks... an then ther was a bit of snow after the tracks were made which woud make 'em apear a bit smaller.!!!
    As far as no smudges an "perfect five-point landings"... did you notice in the video that the cats hind paws landed directly into its front paw tracks... which woud acount for more than 4 toes per track.???
    The videos i saw of cats walkin in snow didnt place ther hind paws into ther front paw tracks... just this one walkin on sand.!!!
     
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2019
  13. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    12,965
    I don't think those are footsteps.

    Maybe something more akin to hopping? Like a chickadee's belly. But not really.
     
  14. cluelusshusbund + Public Dilemma + Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    7,463
    Im now inclined to agree.!!!

    We on the same wave link but i still thank it involves a cat.!!!

    Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!

     
    Michael 345 likes this.
  15. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    12,965
    That's what I was hoping for. Getting people to see something other than footprints.

    I think it is a very light animal. Though I can't be sure, the snow looks quite light and fluffy. Whatever made it did not sink into the snow more than a few mm.
    Birds are proportionately lighter than terrestrial critters of comparable size.
     
  16. cluelusshusbund + Public Dilemma + Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    7,463
    I thank ther was a layer of freezin rain on top of some snow... then a thin layer of snow on top of that... so even the weight of a cat coudnt leave a deep print.!!!
    The "snow" on top of the freezin rain was mostly tiny snow pellets.!!!
    The tracks went on in perty much a strate line for about 60 feet from my drive way to a road.!!!
     
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2019
  17. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    12,965
    And it's so symmetrical!
    This is what I see.

    Eight elongated radial dents surrounding a little rimmed crater.

    Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!

     
  18. cluelusshusbund + Public Dilemma + Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    7,463
    Well thats close but the real pic shows how it actualy looks... ie... at the lower right two "dents" are larger an rounder.!!!
    I thank its the track of a rear paw (at a slightlty diferent angle) directly over a front paw track... just like the cat walkin in the sand.!!!
     
  19. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    12,965
    Sorry, I see no resemblance at all with that example of a cat walking in sand. Nor can I figure out how you do.
    The sand is too shifty; feet leave simple conical depressions, with no detail at all.


    That being said, only you know the provenance of the picture. For all we know, you watched your cat make those tracks, and are having fun with us.
     
  20. cluelusshusbund + Public Dilemma + Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    7,463
    Emagine the print it woud leave if a cat walked on a thin layer of snow like the cat walkin on sand.!!!
     
  21. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    12,965
    Why imagine?

    Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!

     
  22. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    12,965
    He mentions the sunflower seeds. It's not much, but it's something for scale - if not for measurement.

    Sunflower seeds, size.
    Approx 23mm long on average.

    Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!


    Tracks are 1.5" diameter and 4.5" apart.
     
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2019
  23. cluelusshusbund + Public Dilemma + Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    7,463
    Dave - "Why Emagine"

    Cause the pic you show is not how the cat in the sand is walkin.!!!
     

Share This Page