Fauna: This Is Not an Indoor Cat

Extraordinary feats of feline ingenuity 

It's not exactly The Cat Who Wished to Be a Man territory, but this extraordinarily determined and observant feline from Skopje, Macedonia, appears to have some unusual human-world savvy. "Leon the cat," according to YouTube uploader Marjan Kirovski, performs the trick of opening five doors in a row by jumping up on their handles and pulling them down with his paws until the catches release. Then he bats at each cracked door until it swings open, allowing him his next few steps of freedom. It helps that all the doors in the house appear to have the same kind of lever handle, which is non-standard in the United States. Doing this trick with slippery rounded doorknobs would be impossible for any cat less sticky than a gecko. It makes you wonder what other types of technology cats can figure out but lack the right anatomy to do anything with.

Garance Franke-Ruta is a former senior editor covering national politics at The Atlantic.

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