Rock climbing gym cat decides to give it a go
Cats are great climbers, but one cat by the name of Lalah has improved greatly her skills. Lalah, a rock climber who was found in Okinawa, Japan, as a kitten dodging cars in front of Boulevard 2, has been able to hone her abilities from a young age.
The gym’s owner, Mitsuru Goan, told The Dodo, “I chose to shelter her at the gym.” Since then, she has acted as facility manager, greeting guests each day with a “Meow!” Lalah would climb up a rope that hung from the ceiling and jump onto the shelves when she was a cat. Up until she began using stepladders to reach the rock wall, Goan regarded it as normal cat behaviour.
Goan said, “She got the courage to try. Then, in an effort to climb higher, she began to touch the bouldering grips on the wall.” Lalah watched the climbers on the wall around her and copied their movements. As she grew bigger, she was also able to grip onto more and more handholds. Even though she was never awarded for climbing the rock face, the tiny crowds of onlookers who had gathered seemed to be enough to keep her going. Lalah finally climbed to the top.
Lalah lost interest when the gym moved her wall since the gym often organises the rocks on the wall. Lalah now wants to take it easy during the day and enjoy the attention of the gym clients. She enjoys slipping inside guests’ bags and sleeping there, according to Goan. You must be careful not to take her home with you.
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Goan does, however, probably find Lalah staring towards the wall as though she were creating a plan. Goan adds that she still uses the rope to climb to the roof, which is around 16 feet high, for exercise. Maybe she’s ready for a new challenge.
Credit: BOULDERING GYM BOULBAKA