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Friday, July 31, 2009


I am not sure whether these images of this singular felid have been picked up by the fortean press or not, but I have not seen them before.

I was sent these by accident. I am a member of a newsgroup called `Old Hong Kong,` which occasionally is a good place to get photographs of pre-war Hong Kong for the book that Richard Muirhead and I have been writing in a desultory manner for the past seventeen years.

However, these days the postings are more likely to be soft porn pictures of Asian girls with titles like "Sexy Fidelia displays herself to homeless man in field 18++ Verry god", but occasionally something of interest comes up.

Like this:

This weird cat with wings was spotted in Chonqing, China.

Although you might think the angel-cat of Chonqing is unique, there have been other cats with wings in Russia and the United States.

Her owner says she wasn’t born like this.

Her wings started growing when she was one year old. A worker from the Chonqing Museum of Natural History says this kind of oddities are becoming quite common and are the results of pollution.
This particular angel cat will be adopted by the Chonqing Museum.

1 comment:

G L Wilson said...

Hi Jon - I think it's the same winged cat as in this story: http://cryptozoologynews.blogspot.com/2009/05/mysterious-winged-cat-baffles-animal.html