Penguins live almost exclusively below the equator. And while some of these flightless seabirds can be found in warmer climates, most—including emperor, adélie, chinstrap, and gentoo penguins—spend their lives in and around Antarctica. A continent separated from the rest of the world by water. Not really a place where cats would choose to go to.

And yet, despite the fact that cats don't spend their vacation in the icy south, somehow they still have been influenced by penguins. So much so that some even started to adopt their way of like, walking and standing and sitting like the exceptional birds!

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Aww...this little munchkin is too cute!

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Certified feline behavior and training consultant, Dr. Marci Koski, said that cats are incredibly flexible and agile animals, which makes them simply beautiful to observe, whether they are running and jumping, or slinking low to the ground to stalk a potential prey item or toy. "One of the reasons for this flexibility is their spine; it acts almost like a spring so that they can crouch and leap long distances, or twist their bodies around much more than most mammals," Dr. Koski told Bored Panda.

According to her, most cats can stand on their hind legs, as long as they have two of them. Interestingly, the tail also helps aid with balance and may assist with this posture, but even cats without tails can stand on their hind legs.

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Just seein' what the neighbours are doin'.

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Dr. Koski said there are a few reasons why cats may stand on their hind legs. "First, standing up gives them a little bit of a boost in their view from a different height or angle; cats are curious by nature, so when they hear a noise or see something from a distance they might want to get a better look at, they will sometimes stand on their hind legs to get a better look."

Next, standing on their hind legs can help a cat look larger; this is a survival tactic that cats use to intimidate or fake-out aggressors and predators. "It's better to scare an opponent off than have to fight them. They may stand up on their hind legs, stand sideways on all fours, arch their back, and fluff out the fur on their bodies (called piloerection), all in an effort to tell an opponent 'you don't want to mess with me'."

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Are you sure they're not meerkats on look out duty?

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"Lastly, cats will stand on their hind legs for treats, petting, or attention when they want something. I personally think they know how cute they look when they do this, since my cats never fail to get rewarded when they perform this action with me (they've got me trained very well)."

OK, maybe my penguin theory isn't backed up by scientific research, but at least me and Dr. Koski agree on one thing -- these kitties look absolutely adorable.

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Acrocat!

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Did I hear the sound of a distant can opener?

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God, I'm dying from cuteness overload!

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Such floofy catpants!

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This one even has the markings of a penguin.

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I wouldn't be able to resist scratching its head either.

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Karen Fernley
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Taste test

danielw
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1 month ago

some how, I get the funny feeling that Fred is going to forget to clock out today,

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mca
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1 month ago

You brought me milk. A thank you lick.

Moo Moo Futch
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A thank you lick from a tiger would strip the skin from the guys face :0

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Wendy
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1 month ago

This needs to be so much higher ♥

Tor Rolf Strøm
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Oh my, look at the size of that thing! :O Such beauty

Light
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1 month ago

I just want a taste. Yum!

FoxCat
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1 month ago

the poor guys face!

Elisabeth Moriarty
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1 month ago

Beautiful tiger

Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Is this big kitty allowed to lick its handler. The tiger is truly beautiful.

Marlene Ricker
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1 month ago

I love this one! The tiger is grooming him. My cats do the same thing.

Steven Essex
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Must... Resist... Kitty belly... *scritch*scritch* *tummy trap* Aaaahhhhhh!!!!!

Jack Candy
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1 month ago

'Don't play with the food, Sheera!"

Sue Knerl
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1 month ago

Look closer, its photoshopped. Everyone knows you don't give cats cow milk, they are lactose intolerant.

Ruth Dyke
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1 month ago

Wild animals are not pets or entertainment for humans.

Maggie Mae
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1 month ago

I is Taller than you and I Wuvvs you!!!

Randy Klefbeck
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1 month ago

Got milk?

Gianni Sermon
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1 month ago

Hope he has a good health plan

Ninja Nonna
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1 month ago

A dream interaction for me, my very favourite creature.

Dorothy Parker
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1 month ago

Gorgeous tiger. Redundant adjective.

Candice Ravel
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1 month ago

Tastes like chicken

MATT LOPEZ
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1 month ago

Hey, you got any more Catnip?

N S
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1 month ago

that is one huge tiger

TheWitchNaru
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1 month ago

Awwwww

Katherine Boag
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1 month ago

Dream job

Moo Moo Futch
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1 month ago

Is this a try before you buy type situation?

Lydia Coy
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1 month ago

UH OH

Emma Cook
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1 month ago

Awesome

Hollysmom
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1 month ago

Beautiful

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You can't see me. I am one with the wall. You can't see me.

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Who the hell are ya? Get out me house!

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A thumbed Chonker!

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HAHA we need to see before shower pic

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Reporting for duty!

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It looks like he's giving you the middle finger with that death stare.

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danielw
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I dunno why, but i feel like this cat needs a hug. Also, maybe, a belly rub? do cat's like belly rubs?

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Ms.M.
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Like a sir.

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Kitty ponders: "Why are you still here in my house after 8am?"

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Move like Jagger!

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It looks like it is saying "what, what do you want now?"

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Me next for snacks, please...

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Where did my piano go?

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Cat: "He's behind me again, isn't he..."

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Maybe just a little bottom-heavy.

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Houssem Hammami
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Sir penguin, dat mustache

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Marissa Bradshaw
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look into my eyes...

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Tor Rolf Strøm
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Look at this! Clean your room this instant!

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Has he got holes in his socks?;)

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Ninja Nonna
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Counter cold...fix it.

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