A black cat named Choco has become an internet sensation after Japanese pianist Yuriko Morota filmed the discerning feline’s response to a recording of the Adagiofrom Mahler’s Ninth Symphony.
“His movements were so extraordinary that using my smartphone, I immediately began to video-record him,” Yuriko said, in a report by Ireland’s Independent . “His movements were so mysterious and interesting that my husband and I couldn’t help laughing aloud.”
— 諸田 由里子 (@yurikomorota) 19 May 2018
The video of Choco transfixed by Mahler’s music, which Morota posted on Twitter, has been viewed more than two million times. “He was a stray that came to live with us two and a half months after he was born in a neighbour’s yard. He’s now one year old,” Morota said. “He’s a so-called ‘scaredy-cat’, very timid and easily frightened and very spoiled.”
Choco’s antics have also inspired a series of artworks, tributes from fans across the world.
— Corneille ? (@pyrrhociconia) 19 May 2018
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