Following on from last week's Kitten's Guide to self-defence, this week Xena and Kai demonstrate the how's and how-not-to's of successful kitten camouflage. No prizes for guessing who's doing the how-not-to's.
First up we have Xena showing the subtle use of cover and shadow.
Note how she uses the grey of the stone and gravel to further enhance her hiding place. And also how easy it is to spot orange tribbles once they break cover.
Kai demonstrates the popular but flawed 'if I can't see you then you can't see me' theory of camouflage.
Many kittens swear by this technique and every one of them gets caught. Tails are a particular problem. Even the kittens who manage to conceal the bulk of their body have a tendency to spoil everything by leaving a long length of furry tail protruding, and sometimes flicking, from their hiding place.
Next, Kai demonstrates a modified version of the ''if I can't see you then you can't see me' technique. This is the 'I still can't see you and even if you could see me you'd think I was a Wellington Boot.' Sad to say, this only works on very gullible adversaries. Even dogs aren't fooled.
Next, we have Kai demonstrating yet another variant. The 'I still can't see you and I don't really care if you can see me 'cos I'm the one with my head in the food'.
A very popular technique amongst kittens of all abilities but not one that should be encouraged.
And finally we have a group of tribble students showing that even a nest of bright orange tribbles can be difficult to spot when they learn the correct use of twig and shadow.