Cat and Owl Are Friends: Fum and Gerbra, 2012, the Return


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By Karen Harrison Binette

Fum the cat and his pal Gerbra the owl captivated the world with a video in 2011. They’re back in a beautiful new video that celebrates their amazing friendship.

Fum and Gebra, 2012, The Return

Fum and Gebra live in Spain. According to their website:

“Fum & Gebra met when they were one month olds only, on May 2010.

Fum is a black cat. His is a Catalan name that means “smoke”.

Gebra is an owl (Tyto Alba). She was born in Andalucía, and has been trained the falconry way, which is an ancient practice in Europe and Asia. Her name is originating from the Catalan “Gebre”, that means “frost”. It has been possible to get her little domesticated because she was hand-reared, but Gebra doesn’t allow any human contact but the hand that feeds her. By this reason, when she notices some interest from the humans on her, she flies away and doesn’t come back until she feels the danger has disappeared. Gebra goes out flying daily during the falconry season that is from September to June approximately. Falconers use to hold up the birds of prey during the moulting process. When the feather replacement has fully finished there is no danger for the feathers to keep a good health during all the season.

The interplay between Fum and Gebra doesn’t happen daily. Sometimes Fum prefers to spend his time hunting, rather than accompany Gebra on her daily about half an hour flight. Then Gebra goes back to her “muda” (mews) and remains there, in the semi-darkness, during the rest of the day.”

If you haven’t seen it, or want to revisit it; here’s the original video, from May of 2011, Cat and Owl Playing – Fum & Gebra – Perfect friendship!


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2 thoughts on “Cat and Owl Are Friends: Fum and Gerbra, 2012, the Return”

  1. I have heard some comments about maybe your cat might go after his a loyal friend, but in these few years, I don’t believe he will do it. I feel that he realizes who his friend is to play with and who is not his friend. I hardly ever hear of a friend hurting another friend (animals that is). I believe in my heart he knows his friend is his friend, and that is more important to him than dinner.

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