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  • It's early morning...

    在早上...

  • And Tigger spots a strange black cat on a nearby roof.

    小虎在附近的屋頂看到一隻不認識的黑貓。

  • And listen to this.

    聽。

  • Chittering may simply be a sound of frustration but no one's really sure.

    這種啁啁聲可能是沮喪的聲音,但沒人真的確定。

  • Rocky, out for a stroll in the afternoon...

    在下午出門散步的小石...

  • Makes this noise when another cat blocks his way.

    當另一隻貓擋住他的路,就發出了這個聲音...

  • But the story of cat communication is a lot more surprising than this.

    但貓咪溝通的故事,可是比這個要驚奇許多。

  • There's one noise we've hardly heard.

    有種叫聲,人類幾乎沒有聽過。

  • It rarely happens when the cats are out with each other.

    當貓咪在外面,很少會發出這個聲音。

  • Hello.

    哈囉。

  • To understand what's going on...

    為了明白這一切...

  • Do you want some dinner?

    想吃飯嗎?

  • We have to go back to the beginning and the youngest members of the study.

    我們得回到最初,找我們最年幼的研究對象。

  • Biologist Dr John Bradshaw can explain why these one-week-old kittens meow.

    生物學家 John Bradshaw 博士可以解釋,為何這些一週大的小貓會喵喵叫。

  • The meow starts off as a kitten vocalization.

    喵叫聲是貓咪說話的聲音。

  • It's something that kittens use in order to call their mothers over and, as you can see, it's very effective in doing that.

    這是小貓用來呼叫媽媽的工具,如同你所見,這非常地有效果。

  • The mother is very attentive to those meows.

    母貓對這些喵喵聲很有反應。

  • And then, as the kitten grows up, it gradually stops meowing, presumably just because the meow stops working.

    當小貓長大,牠們逐漸停止喵喵叫,推測應該就是因為喵喵叫沒用了。

  • The mother wants to wean the kitten and stops responding.

    母貓想要讓小貓斷奶,所以停止回應叫聲。

  • With a pet cat, which is constantly meowing at its owner, it's a way of getting the owner's attention.

    而寵物貓呢,總是不斷對著主人喵喵叫,是一種得到主人注意的方法。

  • And that's because we are not very vigilant creatures.

    那是因為人類不是種時時警戒環境的生物。

  • We spend a lot of our time with our noses buried in books, or computer screens, or TVs, and a cat... each cat learns independently, we think, that using this piece of kitten behaviour is a good way of getting our attention.

    我們花很多時間讀書、盯著電腦螢幕或看電視,而每隻貓就自己學會利用這種小貓的行為,來吸引我們的注意力。

  • So, meowing is a good way of getting us to look up and find out what it is they want from us.

    喵喵叫可以讓我們注意牠們,並去看牠們需要什麼。

  • There you go, Henry.

    Henry,來吃吧。

  • Come and say hello to Mummy!

    來跟媽媽問好!

  • So, cats have two different languages, one for each other... and one for us.

    所以,貓咪有兩種語言,一種對牠們自己,一種則是對我們。

  • Scientists have found cats make a huge range of meows... and they wondered if there was a universal cat-human language.

    科學家發現貓叫聲有許多種,他們好奇說,貓對人的語言有沒有什麼共通性。

  • Okay.

    好。

  • There's a trill that Jasper does, which is quite...

    Jasper 會發出一種顫音,還蠻...

  • Yeah, that's it.

    對,這是這樣。

  • They make that funny little noise, they go...

    牠們會發出一些很好笑的聲音,像...

  • -That doesn't sound anything like it. - think it does.

    -聽起來才不是這樣。 -是吧!

  • Scientists have discovered that every cat's meows are unique.

    科學家發現,每隻貓的叫聲都是獨特的。

  • Each cat learns which noises work best in certain situations, developing a special language that only their owner will understand.

    每隻貓都會學到,哪種叫聲在哪種情況有用,進而發展出一種只有主人會懂的語言。

  • When they want food, it's a much more prolonged meow.

    當牠們肚子餓,喵喵聲會特別長。

  • Are you hungry?

    你餓了嗎?

  • Miss Piggy's learnt how to say milk, so she does a proper milk meow.

    Piggy 小姐學會了怎麼講 milk (牛奶),所以牠會發出 milk 的喵聲。

  • She's like milk... like that.

    就像 milk。

  • Come on. Is it nice?

    舒服吧?

  • And when our cats meow, there's one thing that almost every owner in the study said they did.

    而當我們的貓咪發出喵喵聲,研究裡幾乎每個人都說他們會這麼做。

  • Did you go hunting today?

    你今天有去打獵嗎?

  • Talk back.

    那就是回應牠們。

  • Pretty girl. Are you a pretty girl? Are you Momma's pretty girl?

    可愛寶貝,你是可愛的寶貝嗎?你是媽媽的可愛寶貝嗎?

  • Pixie, you lovely girl. Yes!

    Pixie 你好可愛!

  • Talking comes naturally to us and every kitten that spends time with people learns that to communicate with us, they have to make a noise.

    對我們而言,講話是在稀鬆平常的事,而對貓咪而言,想跟我們溝通,就得喵一下。

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