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Feline documentarian shows his life in pictures

December 8, 2008 |  1:35 pm

Cooper the cat steps out with his own CatCam We've often wondered what our pets do when we're not looking -- but one Seattle couple took an unusual step to find out.  Meet Cooper, a cat who took a cue from owners Michael and Deirdre Cross (both filmmakers themselves) and documented his daily goings-on with his own CatCam. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer explains:

From 6 inches above the ground, Cooper took 200 to 400 pictures a day on a miniature digital camera programmed to take one picture every two minutes. It swung from his collar, encased in plastic, to shoot rain or shine. The Crosses built a harness for him so the lightweight device would be as unobtrusive as possible. Observing Cooper with the camera, it's obvious he handles it like a pro, with no indication it bothers him.

Cooper's certainly has come a long way from life on the streets (he came to the Cross family as a stray three years ago); now his photographic prowess has even earned him a slot on Animal Planet's new show: Cats 101

See Cooper's photos (which document everything from his birdwatching exploits to his human family's flamingo lawn ornaments) on his flickr photostream.

--Lindsay Barnett

Photo: Cooper wearing his CatCam (which, we're assured, is more lightweight than it looks). Credit: Cross Films.

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