Mono, arguably the biggest feline World Cup fan, cheers on his team, Colombia, by meowing “Goooaaalll!” along with his human. The video shared by Ernesto on YouTube has gone viral. In the clip, we see the cute cat celebrate as Yerry Mina scores a goal against Senegal, enabling Colombia to advance to the next round. Sadly, the team was eliminated after losing against England.
Interestingly, cats are known to mimic sounds made by their intended prey, usually small birds. Cats will try to mirror bird vocalization rhythms, and anecdotal evidence has shown that some cats can say human words and phrases.
In the 1980s, there was a famous court case involving a “talking cat.” In Miles v. City Council of Augusta, Georgia, the court found that exhibiting a talking cat was an occupation for the purposes of the municipal licensing law.
The cat, named Blackie the Talking Cat, was owned by Carl and Elaine Miles, an unemployed couple who began exhibiting the cat on the streets of Augusta, Georgia. Blackie would meow "I love you" or "I want my Mama" to pedestrians, many of whom would tip the Mileses. About a month after they began using the cat to make money, the Mileses were issued a warning by the police that advised them that could face jail time if they did not obtain a $50 business license.
The Mileses eventually purchased the license but ended up suing the city in federal court on grounds that the city's licensing law was too vague and broad and that it violated their right to free speech and association since the license ordinance did not mention talking animals.
The case was dismissed with the judge stating, “This Court will not hear a claim that Blackie's right to free speech has been infringed. First, although Blackie arguably possesses a very unusual ability, he cannot be considered a "person" and is therefore not protected by the Bill of Rights. Second, even if Blackie had such a right, we see no need for appellants to assert his right jus tertii. Blackie can clearly speak for himself.”
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