cats playing in an ikea store
What would happen if you let 100 cats loose in an IKEA store at night? Would they hide? Would they fight? Even a professional animal handler didn't know, so an experiment called Herding Cats was born.

In the experiment, 100 normal, untrained housecats were brought to the Wembley, UK IKEA store and allowed to roam free overnight. Before the cats were released, their owners tried to forecast what they would do, but nobody really knew for sure.

Five camera crews, including an infrared camera for dark areas, followed the cats as they climbed over and under stacks of furniture. The whole thing was reduced to a 4-minute video, and some of the footage is quite beautiful. Of course, I'm not sure I would have let my own cat join in this experiment... one poor cat got trapped for a bit!