What we don’t get is why the intersection of the two sets insists on nailing the furballs that they don’t like, with the arrows or bolts that they do. You may not like cats, but you probably have no problem understanding that not everybody is like you, and some of them may like cats.
As our wise old grandmother used to say, “It takes all kinds to make a world.”
As we’ve recounted before, not everybody has your level of forbearance. Indeed, rather a lot of them (there are about 10 speared cats at that link) seem to think that it’s a highly amusing thing to nail somebody’s pet. Even cops have gotten into it (in that case, we have since learned, that while the DA sided with the officer, the Police Chief didn’t… this turned out to be one of those Leave Your Badge On The Desk™ moments. Oddly enough, for all these attacks, the cats usually survive.
So, now we have some upside-down antipodean reenacting Agincourt with somebody’s moggy in the role of the Chivalry of France. Nice shooting, Elmer Fudd.
A cat in New Zealand is lucky to be alive after being shot in the head with a crossbow.
Owner Donna Ferrari saw her four-year-old cat, Moo Moo, from Wainuiomata, hiding in the bushes with an arrow through his head.
She took Moo Moo to the Wainuiomata Veterinary Clinic.
“They said they’ve never seen anything like it and called (the Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital),” Ms Ferrari said.
Moo Moo was operated on late Monday while Ms Ferrari went to look after her three-year-old daughter.
“They rang when we were driving back to say they had removed the bolt,” she said. “I’m sick to my stomach. Hopefully the person responsible is caught or feels so much hatred from the community that they never do anything like it again.”
Vet surgeon Dr Jonathan Bray said Moo Moo is extraordinarily lucky.
“The bolt went in just above the eye but was a glancing blow across the cranium so didn’t actually impact on brain tissue at all,” he said. “It was really just a matter of opening up the track so we could clean up the contamination so it would heal up okay.
“There was a little bit of injury to his nose and eye socket, but he’s an extraordinarily lucky cat. The velocity of the bolt hitting him would have been quite frightening, so he’s very brave,” he said. “He’s very well this morning – bright and happy, the wound is doing fine and he’s got nothing that is going to cause him any long-term harm.”
Elmer has turned himself in, according to the Australian press, and will be meeting with Moomoo’s owner. One would hope that an apology — and perhaps, some restitution or volunteer service with a veterinarian or animal shelter — ends it. The kid (he’s 18, we can call him that) is a cretin for shooting the cat, but perhaps the road to redemption began with that walk of shame into the police station.
Or maybe the cops will just give Moomoo’s owner a bow and a free shot!