By Nadia Noir
Scrunchies are coming back into style—but not the way you think. While this trendy girl fashion faux-pas might look totally hot at a ’80s-themed costume party, apparently its also the sartorial savior of birds and wildlife everywhere.
An Australian university student at Murdoch University PhD, Catherine Hall, told abc.net.au that putting a scrunchie on a cat’s necks “reduced the number of birds, reptiles and amphibians captured by the cats by 54 per cent.”
“Bright colours are very noticeable to songbirds, they should see the cats further away, allowing them to escape earlier,” Hall explained. “Because it’s based on colour and vision, cats won’t be able to learn to make it stop working. Unlike what people say about bells. [They say] that cats can learn to make them less effective over time.”
We’re pretty sure wearing a scrunchie is a major turn-off for all kinds of species–not just birds. Read the rest of the study at abc.net.au.