Before You Go-Go

Cat Drops Off, Picks
Up Friend at Station

Most people know that cats are highly selective when it comes to humans. Sometimes, even your own can makes you feel, let’s say, unimportant, specially when the corner deli is out of his favorite food, and you have to improvise.
Nothing of the sort happens with Graeme, an Australian feline, who’s very popular at the Hurtsbridge station as a trainspotter. Seen everyday by the side of the tracks he is, of course, always wide open to demonstrations of affection by commuters.
What it’s taken most locals some time to realize, though, was that Graeme had a reason to hang around twice a day at the station: he likes to drop off his friend Nicole, and to come back late afternoon, to walk her home.
Believe us, it’s all documented in the video someone shot at the two. We know, now you are really feeling unimportant. But cats have a funny way to show affection.
In the case of Graeme, it’s as if he really cares about Nicole. And he probably does. But the truth is, no one knows what goes on in the heart of a cat. Or the bond that a feline can establish with a human.
Watching them walking side by side makes one think about Hamlet telling his friend Horatio, “There are more things in heaven and earth, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
We always tend to read human characteristics in the behavior of the animals, as if their existence is possible only if shaped by our own perception of the world. Nothing could be farther from reality.
In other words, let’s just take a moment and enjoy the bond these two share, without reading too much into it.
To be sure, Graeme really is an extraordinary animal. And Nicole, heaven knows what she does to deserve such a honor.
As for the unimportant lot of us in this Fall Caturday, we should only count our blessings for bearing witness to such greatness.

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