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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanF View Post
    I immediately thought of that video on reading the OP, too.

    Here's another one, involving a cat needing to go in the other direction:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrpB8m7Lw8w

    They just think they're stuck, until they're given sufficient incentive to get down (or up) on their own.
    I have no idea what language they are speaking, but their laughter is universal. What a great escape!

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    old thread but

    my cat story
    when we lived on a small sailboat
    we came home to the cat up the mast on the spreaders bars about 20 feet
    the mast was alloy and the only clawhold was a 3/8'' rope main halyard
    I guess a bird was up there and the cat just had to go up
    but he was not coming down
    so I had to climb and get clawed for my reward

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    Q: Why do lobsters crawl into pots if they can't get out?

    A: Because they don't know any better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    Q: Why do lobsters crawl into pots if they can't get out?

    A: Because they don't know any better.
    or maybe humans are part of some weird life cycle that involves lobsters being eaten.....perhaps lobsters have some kind of parasite that drives them to crawl into lobster pots, which then ends up in humans.....could be an alien parasite...we just don't know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    Q: Why do lobsters crawl into pots if they can't get out?

    A: Because they don't know any better.
    More specifically, because:
    1] nature does not have one-way traps (same reason bees and birds get trapped by windows - even when there's a clear path to freedom. Their instinct is simply to "fly up, toward light")
    2] there has never been any driver for a lobster to evolve a sense beyond "food, friend or foe" , let alone anticipation of future consequence (such as: if I go in, can I get out?).

    Cats:
    Intelligent animals, such as mammals learn a lot of behavior - particularly hunting - from parenting. Domestic cats have the instinct to climb trees, but no training from a momma cat to show them how to do it. They have had no "safe experimentation" phase, and quickly get in over their heads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveC426913 View Post
    More specifically, because:
    1] nature does not have one-way traps (same reason bees and birds get trapped by windows - even when there's a clear path to freedom. Their instinct is simply to "fly up, toward light")
    Actually, nature does, though I don't know of any that trap lobsters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    A tar pit is a natural one-way trap.
    tar pits often looked also like watering holes, with rain water collected over them, and I think some animals like deer became trapped, and then along comes a sabre toothed tiger who then thinks he has a free meal...
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    Nature is certainly rife with traps. I guess I was distinguishing one-way traps from just regular traps.

    A regular trap is sprung and the critter is simply overwhelmed.

    A one-way trap is one in which entry is unimpeded - the hapless critter is not subject to any harm - the trap is never "sprung". The critter simply can't leave (and will eventually die).

    Only a critter with sufficient anticipatory intelligence can see the danger in a one-way trap.

    Bringing it back to the subject:

    There is no harm in going into a lobster trap (not harm like grabbing a worm on a hook).
    Nor is a bird or bee harmed by flying into a house with glass windows.
    Nor is there harm to an inexperienced cat by climbing a tree.
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