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Video goodness: Tongue-waggling kitten tries to nurse out of thin air, looks darn silly

December 30, 2010 |  9:47 pm

No, this kitten is not the world's biggest fan of Gene Simmons. He just has an unusual but oddly charming behavioral tic in which he feels compelled to wiggle his tongue as if nursing, despite the fact he is quite obviously not nursing at all.

The kitten, named Jack, "likes to suckle on fleecy things as he thinks it's his mommy," his owner explains on YouTube, noting that Jack was found alone when he was only a few weeks old and thus was never properly weaned from his mother. "Sometimes he forgets that he doesn't have anything in his mouth [but] continues to suckle."

Jack's tongue-waggling routine has garnered close to 2 million views on YouTube and he now even has his own Facebook fan page. To put worried cat lovers at ease, Jack's owner notes on Facebook that "he has been seen by a vet and ... he has no medical issues, the suckling is a behavioral thing that is not a danger to his health, much like a child sucking their thumb."


-- Lindsay Barnett

Video: trentiraffe via YouTube

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