It's raining pretty hard. The awnings have been deployed over the main thoroughfares, where people might be nyooming fast enough for hydroplaning to be an issue, but on the side streets that wouldn't comprise the majority of any journey taken at speed there aren't any awnings, and there definitely aren't in alleys with the trash bins and spare mop bucket and extra folding chairs belonging to a fried dough joint. The toasty sweet smells of the dough and all the toppings leak out a little into the alley, but mostly it smells like trash bins and mop bucket and rain.
Doesn't seem to care for that; it's less interested in singing along when the additional noises are present.
Then she will stop; she isn't as tuneful as Pavo. Instead she gets one of the more complicated enrichment toys they have for when they pick up a monkey. "You've got it on - cat food?"
"Yeah, it seems to like it all right."
She puts a cat treat in the toy and closes it up and offers it to the creature.
It takes the toy with a single tentacle, like it did with the phone. A couple of others wave around. The first thing it tries to get at the inside is pushing in to a likely gap with one claw-tipped tentacle, trying to stab the treat.
It can stab the treat, but not get it out of the hole that way!
Okay, how about prying it open the way it was seen shut? Fhweep.
It doesn't seem to want to be pried - it'll budge, but it'd have to be forced to get open that way....
It gives some firmer six-armed yanks, and when that doesn't work, settles down to trying push the food around inside or maybe stab it into crumbs that will fall out. But if any part moves while this is happening, it will investigate that too.
Stabbing it into crumbs works fine, but it can also tilt the ball so that the food goes through a little internal maze and eventually falls out, if it looks closely.
Then it will eventually eat all of the food one way or another.
What do the large creatures do next? 👀👀👀
They're taking more pictures of it and talking to each other. When they notice it's done with the enrichment toy food Jaha will trot out to her nyoom and come back with a boxed jigsaw puzzle. She will show the shoo the picture on the box - a floral meadow - and then produce the pieces. With some hunting she is able to find a sample pair that match and put them together, voila. Will it do the puzzle?
"Why do you have that?"
"Gran likes them."
It will feel the shapes of the pieces (the cardboard may be a bit unfortunately dampened), and flip some of them over so that the picture side is up, but its claws are not suited for putting down pieces on a flat surface, so it isn't very successful at assembling any of them (fwee fhonk?); and it doesn't seem to have the idea of finding matching pieces.
Jaha and Pavo will put together a few more pieces to see if it will get the idea. And help flip the picture side up, and prop up the box so it can see the picture.
It will imitate the humans further but is still clumsy with the pieces and doesn't identify better matches.
Does it seem interested in the picture as it comes together?
It seems interested, but whether it is interested in the picture or the assembly process or the humans is unclear. It is not interfering with humans assembling pieces.
Well, they'll chat and assemble the whole puzzle and see if it reacts to the result.
The creature looks at it and pokes it a bit but doesn't seem especially interested.
They shrug and break it up and put it away. Does it like zoomy fractal videos?
They will hold its attention for half a minute, but increasingly it is more interested in examining the device displaying them than watching, especially once (poke poke) the fractals prove to be smooth glass again.
"It's so interested in the phone."
"Yeah, and it doesn't look like prey drive either, but I don't know what's confusing it..."
If Jaha and Pavo both have their phones out and one is doing fractals and one is doing video of the shoo itself which does it go for?
The shoo itself! Definitely. It's perhaps confusing but more interesting.
What about the shoo versus a cat video?
It seems to be watching both of them. And the humans. And it's getting a little less interested in all the video.
All right, what if they just put their phones away and sit back and watch them?
A question in turn: what if it cautiously investigates some human legs? Poke poke pat pat.