Back in February, a 49 second clip of a blasé kitty named Oscar hit the net, featuring a tiny chick who managed to foil the tubby tabby by camouflaging itself in his floofy belly fur. Since then, views on Oscar's YouTube channel, tubbytubbytubtubs, have skyrocketed into the hundreds of thousands, bolstered by fans who can't get enough of the cat's unusual penchant for poultry.
Oscar, who has gone on to release several more titles, including "Chick and Cat Have an Argument," "Baby Chick Falls Asleep on Cats," and the seminal "Chick Swallowed by Cat's Belly," lives in the UK with his owner Jack, who recently gave me the inside scoop on the senior kitty who stars in the internet's latest interspecies lovefest.
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Can you spot the chick in this picture?
Can you please tell us a little more about Oscar?
Oscar is 11 years old, his birthday was last week. We got him as a kitten.
How did you first find out that he didn't mind the chicks?
I regularly hatch chicks and they are kept in the house for the first six weeks of their lives. I first found out that Oscar didn't mind hanging out with the chicks when one escaped and Oscar was in the same room -- this was when "Camouflaged Chick" was filmed.
When did you decide to start posting these encounters on You Tube? Are you surprised by how popular they've become?
It started when I decided to film a quail that was sitting on Oscar's head. I put it on YouTube for friends and family to see, the video rapidly climbed in views which I was astonished by.
Anything else you'd like to share?
A cartoonist is currently designing a new background for the channel so keep an eye out in the next few weeks; it will feature Oscar, Rosie and the chicks. Oscar's new Twitter account is @_OscarTheCat_.