This Norwegian Cat Likes to Ski, Hike, and Swim

Kirstin Fawcett

Most cats like sitting in front of a roaring fire. Not Jesper, a feline in Hedmark, Norway who prefers the great, snowy outdoors to the cozy comforts of home. According to People, the hardy feline goes skiing on a leash with its owner, tags along on hikes, and is even known to go for the occasional swim.

The New York Daily News reports that the adventurous animal was born in August 2013, and was part of a litter of five kittens. Jesper’s owners have trained him since he was three months old to join them on athletic excursions.

Jesper’s atypical antics have garnered him nearly 23,000 Facebook likes (yes, Jesper has his own Facebook page), and they’re also chronicled on a blog. Can’t read Norwegian? Skip the blog and check out the above video of Jesper trotting alongside his skiing owner across the snowy tundra. 

All images courtesy of YouTube.

[h/t People]