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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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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Taste test

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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!

Sarah Blanche Brinsfield
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1 month ago

He would rule the world if it wasn't for the Chonk!

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Juniper
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1 month ago

Its Bruno. He was adopted and lost a ton of weight already :)

MrTree1779
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1 month ago

"So, den I sez...youz pay us that loan, or Nicky here will bust ya knees. Yeah. Dat guy ain't walkin' no more."

lastof4
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1 month ago

Does it sound like Marlon Brando in The Godfather?

Mary Virginia Avery
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1 month ago

Good Lord! He's a sumo wrestler!

Light
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1 month ago

Bruno!

Hollysmom
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1 month ago

Low center of gravity

3ke
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1 month ago

That belly! I want to rub it.

Caroline Overill
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1 month ago

OK let's get this clear once and for all....I am NOT pregnant

Dorothy Parker
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1 month ago

My hubs took one look and hummed Alfred Hitchcock's theme song. I had thought the same thing!

Ruth Dyke
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1 month ago

Shame on the person or people who overfed this cat!

Anna Salerno
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1 month ago

Bawahahahaha love him.

Ninja Nonna
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1 month ago

You think this is easy?

Jaime
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1 month ago

The center of gravity is low on this one.

Emily
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1 month ago

He looks like he's getting ready for a Wild West duel.

Dorothy Parker
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1 month ago

What gravitas this cat has. Could be a Supreme Court judge.

MATT LOPEZ
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1 month ago

I've heard we are made of a lot of water. Therefore, he isn't fat, he is just FLOODED!

Dorothy Cloud
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3 weeks ago

Poor baby, they're feeding him way too much.

Marlene Ricker
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1 month ago

OMG This chunky cat has stolen my heart!

Steven Essex
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1 month ago

Hey, look! It's Muta from The Cat Returns!

Sue Sanders
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1 month ago

This way my belly doesn't drag the floor.

Debbie Pugsley
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1 month ago

For some reason Mr. Creosote from Monty Python popped into my head.

Susann Campbell
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1 month ago

Ok, all the cats are standing up right and then some have thumbs. I now have a better idea of how the cat and her kittens grew to look like humans but still acted like cats on the show "Red Dwarf" . A program that I just couldn't get enough of for a long time.

Maggie Mae
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1 month ago

See that Beer makes ya Look FAT!!!

Randy Klefbeck
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1 month ago

!'BURP'! sorry, dog was annoying so I ate 'em.

Adam Rindegård
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1 month ago

me after ciceros pizza

b l a n c
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1 month ago

'making my way downtown'

Roselyn Park
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1 month ago

No cage can hold a cat with opposable thumbs. 😼

Linda HS
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1 month ago

Just had dinner...and lunch...and breakfast...and snack. All in one!🤦‍♀️

Shelby McClain
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1 month ago

Notorious BIG reincarnated as a kitty!

Aunt Messy
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1 month ago

Totoro!

Helen Morgan
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1 month ago

Bill Barr

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Poor cat, SO over fed - sad :(

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Over feeding is animal cruelty.

Ms.M.
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Yes, yes, we know. But let's just enjoy the penguin-cat for a moment, shall we?

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Either fat or pregnant. What is wrong with it?

Ms.M.
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S/he is not an averagecat 😉

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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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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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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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