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Spy Cameras Go Feral

Adrian Mudd   June 25, 2013

The majority of us will consider the use of spy cameras to be restricted to surveillance of the human species, however, that is far from the case. Hidden cameras watching animal activity is becoming evermore popular.

The most delightful use for the spy camera is surely that of animal tracking. For the purposes of discussion, the animal referred to herein is not human. There are no secret police files on the common tit or sparrow although there just may be lots of secret film caches hoarded away by Twitchers.

Spy Cameras for Animal Tracking?

The average person might consider animal tracking to be confined to observation of species outside our usual experience, but this is not so. There may be a fortunate death of wild tigers in the United Kingdom but their nearest tamed cousin is an established resident. The domestic cat has a life which is sometimes almost as secret as that of the feral feline. This would require hidden camera equipment to be robust with wireless and tracking capability. Cats are renowned for their territorial behaviour and have been known to attack humans who dare to trespass on their considered territory. The cat is also recognised in law as being an independent species unlike dogs whose behaviour has consequences within legislation. The dog owner is made responsible for the behaviour of his canine companion whereas the feline is recognised as operating independently of any human input. Evidence can be gathered with the use of spy cameras.

Hidden Cameras on Domestic & Wild Cats

Domestic and wild cats have been secretly filmed in the wild as well as in domestic situations using portable and static spy cameras and other tracking equipment. This might come in useful if your moggy regularly goes missing for long periods of time or to aid recovery if a pet is stolen. If mobile phones and cars can be tracked, then tracking a loved pet must surely be the next big precedent in the march of spy camera technology. The microchip which is inserted under the skin in order to identify animals is currently only useful if a scanner is passed directly over the area where the chip is sited but it will not take much to include a miniature locator. In the meantime, a miniature spy camera attached to a safety collar suffices for those who are keen to record some activity of larger animals.

The best use of the static hidden camera in the opinion of some is to place a concealed camera within a nesting site. The lives and sometimes deaths of many creatures have been professionally filmed in this way for some decades but today the everyday person can obtain and install their own covert equipment for an accessible price. The hidden camera has broken away from its spy roots and is now firmly installed as a serious leisure resource. We want to hear from you if you have any anecdotes to do with spy cameras! Especially if they are to do with your feline friends or animal of any other sort. Contact us today!