• You're closer to a natural-born killer than you think. Common house cats are actually fierce feline predators responsible for killing more than  a billion small mammals and birds each year.

    Could this cuddly species with a taste for the wild life spark an ecological disaster? Wild Chronicles follows conservationists working to control the feral cat population by calling on Crittercam® to find out how a game of "cat and mouse" really plays out.

    Warning: Video may be inappropriate for young viewers.

    1. How many domestic cats are in the United States?

      The U.S. is home to as many as 120 million domestic cats.

    2. What are feral cats?

      Feral cats are "wild" or untamed domestic cats. They have no human home and no one to feed them.

    3. What animals do domestic cats usually prey on?

      Rodents and birds are most at-risk from domestic cats.

    4. Molly, the cat, goes hunting with Crittercam attached to her neck. Where does Molly hunt?

      Molly hunts in the "urban jungle" of an alley behind her owners' home. She finds her prey beneath a Dumpster.

    5. What prey does Molly hunt?

      Molly stalks and kills a rat.

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    bird Noun

    egg-laying animal with feathers, wings, and a beak.

    conservationist Noun

    person who works to preserve natural habitats.

    Crittercam Noun

    camera designed to be worn on a wild animal, providing a "critter-eye view" of the animal's environment.

    ecological Adjective

    having to do with the relationship between organisms and their environment.

    feral Adjective

    wild or untamed, but descended from domesticated animals.

    mammal Noun

    animal with hair that gives birth to live offspring. Female mammals produce milk to feed their offspring.

    predator Noun

    animal that hunts other animals for food.