It wasn’t the first time that the family had seen uninvited visitors in their yard. And the intruders were more than welcome. In fact, they made for some excellent entertainment. Then the man had an idea: what if he set up the sprinkler system? That would surely have some interesting results.
The aforementioned man is Cory Williams, who made his name as a vlogger. Cory first gained fame from a viral music video that he made back in September 2007. The clip in question features Cory’s pet kitten, whom he named Sparta owing to the cat’s fiery nature.
What’s more, it was the kitten who inspired Cory to make the rap music video in the first place. And once the tune had been completed, Cory then uploaded it to YouTube. It’s unlikely, however, that he could have predicted quite how popular his rap – which he called “The Mean Kitty Song” – would become. In fact, the video is still receiving plenty of views to this day.
Indeed, Cory later explained his rise to fame on his social media page. “‘The Mean Kitty Song (Hey Little Sparta)’ was an overnight viral YouTube sensation when it was released,” he wrote. “Since then, the original video has received… well over 100 million views.”
But a lot has changed for Cory since his newfound internet fame, including a shift in scenery. Yes, August 2014 saw Cory and his wife Kristen move from Southern California to Alaska. Their new house is located in Eagle River, and the move has opened up more opportunities for video-making.
“Here we’ve had the chance to explore Alaska [and] experience[d] lots of wild events,” Cory wrote. “[We] meet lots of great people and endure the extreme temperatures that the north is known for.” And the Williams family captured one of the aforementioned wild events on camera.
Since moving to Alaska, the Williamses have embraced a new family tradition: watching the local wild moose. In fact, the family love taking pictures of these majestic animals, which seem to show no apprehension while exploring the Williamses’ yard. And it was the baby moose who seemed particularly curious.
Indeed, one moose calf seemed particularly interested in the house, or as Cory put it, “the weird people cave.” The couple noticed that the female calf showed no fear of them or their property, and they often watched her explore. And it was while they were observing the young animal that Cory had an idea.
After seeing the calf holding a twig in her mouth, the Williamses noticed that she liked to play. With that in mind, the family wanted to leave something out to keep her entertained, and they decided that the yard’s lawn sprinkler system would likely make a great toy.
While the moose were exploring another part of their yard, then, Cory crept out and turned on the sprinkler. In the video, Kristen said it was “so the moose would have a nice place to play.” And with that, Cory quickly returned indoors and settled down to watch.
It wasn’t long before the moose returned along a with baby calf, who noticed the sprinkler almost instantly. The intrepid little female couldn’t wait to wander up and investigate the unfamiliar contraption. So, naturally, the first thing that she did was to stick her head in it.
After the calf realized that the sprinkler was shooting water, it looked like she tried to take a drink. And although the upward jets seemed to confuse her, she was having a lot of fun before she then took off running. But the youngster didn’t stay away for too long; no, she just couldn’t resist coming back for another look.
When the little moose dashed back towards her new toy, however, she didn’t take into account the slippery grass. The calf subsequently skidded across the lawn through the sprinkler jets, much to the amusement of the watching Williams family. “I think I’ll call [her] Skids,” Cory wrote when he posted the video to YouTube.
Thankfully, though, Skids didn’t seem at all hurt by her experience and got right back on her feet. She ran away from the sprinkler again, but she was soon ready for another go. And when she returned, she had a different game in mind.
If a moose can play chicken, then that’s exactly what the calf was doing with her water toy. Instead of just dashing through it, Skids wanted to see how long she could stay in the water jets. And the calf was holding her nerve until the sprinkler reached her chest, at which point she ran off again.
Amused, the Williams family just couldn’t get enough of the calf’s antics. “This is one of the funniest and cutest things I’ve ever seen,” Cory wrote in the video’s description. “I’ve heard baby moose love playing in sprinklers, but I had no idea it drives them crazy.”
As an alternate approach, Skids next tried to tackle the sprinkler gauntlet from a new angle. In fact, she ran around the house and approached the water from the opposite direction. The jets won again, however, and she quickly ran away before they could splash her.
Skids had a great time playing with her sprinkler toy, and the Williams family had just as much fun watching. Eventually, it was time for Skids to go home, although she no doubt left fulfilled from her fun adventure. Hopefully, then, the sprinkler would be there for her the next time she visited.
And that was just one of the adventures that the Williamses have been having in their new Alaskan home. It seems that there will be many more things to come from them in the future, too. For instance, Cory has written a children’s book based on the now-adult cat Sparta, called The Big Mean Kitty.
But that’s not all; Cory had a special announcement to make. “This September  will be the ten-year anniversary of my biggest viral success,” he wrote. “And to celebrate, I will be releasing an all-new Mean Kitty song that’s bigger and better than before.”