Not sure if any other animals have been consistently observed in nature playing with their food. At least in the manner of my cats, who like all felines great & small, have a tendency to first torture their prey upon capture. Something I never forget when they act all cute and cuddly: not fooling anyone, nope. And this particular panel, along with another I'll cover later on in the post below, are categorized as "Edits" not on account of any content, but instead because of a self-imposed distancing with other, similarly-themed works by other folks.
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And just because it dovetail's quite nicely with this particular issue, here's another case-in-point, posted to further elucidate to students on the nature of hidden memory phenomenon - scientifically termed as "cryptomnesia." One of the feature gag cartoonists whose work I admire greatly, and spotlight in my comics course during the single-panel sessions, is Dave Coverly's "Speed Bump." This is one of the pieces that is in my slide-show which I've seen for so many years now I probably don't really pay much attention to them anymore:
This is perfect example of how one of the images I show to students during the related lecture became lodged in the brain, resurfacing many years later to manifest itself in a panel of my own, as seen below. In my opinion it's too close for comfort, like the "Eye Rolling" example above, and merited yanking from the pipeline. I think it's instructional to highlight these rare instances as it underscores the question if anything's truly original (I have been pecking away at another essay on that concept), and to what degree copyright inhibits along with ensuring protection of intellectual property. Now it's entirely a matter up for debate as to whether or not this example would constitute copying per say, and it probably doesn't quite rank as plagiarism, but it's Exhibit A in subconscious appropriation - or is it instead just inspiration? Either way it doesn't matter enough to stress over: just turn the page and simply draw another one, or a different take.