Cheetah Whisperer

The sounds of the cheetahs in the first couple of minutes is downright musical:

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Thanks to Leroy for the find.

And I cannot mention cheetahs and not provide a link to some of my favorite 19 seconds in TV history.

Your Thoughts?

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Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • Karin Lewis

    Marlice Van Der Merwe owns this Cheetah reserve in Namibia. She has a profound understanding and relationship with them, as well as a respect that is isn’t evident here until the end. I love these creatures — and they do make an eerie almost unworldly sound.

    • emaa

      What is the point of needlessly stressing out the animals, pretending to be prey, and petting them?

  • Trebuchet

    Is there a version without the French voice-over, so I could here what she’s saying?

    Also, FTB is hanging the video frame over the menu or whateverits on the right so I can’t click full screen, or even get rid of the ad.

  • Trebuchet

    Correction: Viewing from the comments page, the whole right side of the video is cut off, which is even worse.

    Right at the beginning, I’m having trouble distinguishing the sound of the motorbike from the cats, which is kind of interesting.

    • Camels With Hammers

      It should be fixed. There are technical issues we are working on, sorry about that.

      If it’s not fixed (or if you watch videos that aren’t, you can double click on the video to get a full screen (and then click the button saying “youtube” in the lower right corner to get a smaller version, back at youtube.

    • fireweaver

      I have also found that clicking on the title of the video will take you to YouTube as well.

  • Artor

    Are wild cheetahs really that timid? From a cat’s viewpoint, I can’t see any reason she wasn’t catfood by the 15 second mark. There were enough of them there to finish her off completely in an hour or so.

    • Camels With Hammers

      I just wonder if they were just easily confused to interpret the motorcycle as indicating they were dealing with a gigantic cat that they should tread carefully with.

    • baal

      Cheetahs are the biological equivalent of a high end sports car. Yes they go really fast but they need to be in perfect shape to do it. Sprain a paw and they don’t eat. This makes them pretty adverse to potential damage (i.e. fights).

  • Francisco Bacopa

    My cat came running to see what was going on when she heard this.

    • Camels With Hammers

      now that’s awesome—see if your cat responds to motorcycles too ;)

    • Francisco Bacopa

      I think it was the hissing and higher pitched parts of the growls that got her attention. When she was younger she used to always run to the computer when there were strange animal sounds, especially for cat sounds. Now she is inured to sounds from the computer.

      Funny thing is I have read in several sources that cats are almost deaf around 200Hz and below. Very strange because I can talk to my cat in a deep voice and she responds. Housecats make growls below 200Hz at each other. They do this only they are very close. Do cats hear low frequencies with their whiskers. I know humans can hear some infrasound with their jawbones.

  • maxdwolf

    Whatever favorite 19 seconds you linked to is now gone.

    • Daniel Fincke

      Thanks for the heads up. I’ve updated the link.