Date
27 July 2017
The hunt for a rare Pokémon in Sham Shui Po enabled a young woman to locate a trapped real-life kitten. Photos: Google Maps, internet
The hunt for a rare Pokémon in Sham Shui Po enabled a young woman to locate a trapped real-life kitten. Photos: Google Maps, internet

Pokémon GO gamer saves kitten stuck in car engine

Pokémon GO has not only enraptured tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong, it may have also helped save the life of a kitten in the city.

On Thursday, a young woman wandering in a Sham Shui Po street looking for a rare Pokémon heard the cries of a cat as she was passing a parked car.

Examining the vehicle, the gamer — an 18-year-old surnamed Wong — determined that the meowing sounds were coming from under the bonnet.

Suspecting that a cat was trapped in the vehicle, Wong called the police and also began inquiring about the car owner, Apple Daily reports.

As the police suspected that the animal was stuck in the car engine, firemen were called in to open the bonnet and rescue the cat. 

But they failed to open the hood, and the animal was pulled out only three hours later when the car owner arrived.

Personnel from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals inspected the kitten, which was believed to be about four-months old, and concluded that it didn’t suffer any injury.

The car owner, who bears the surname Chan, said he found his kitten missing in the morning and was searching for it. 

He said he had adopted the animal when it was a new-born, procuring it from a pet shop at Ki Lung Street in Sham Shui Po.

After some questioning, the police handed the kitten back to him. 

So the story ended happily with the kitten saved and unhurt and returned to its master.

As for the Wong, she too was said to have been lucky as the gaming enthusiast managed to add a rare Blastoise to her Pokémon collection.

Translation by Chloe Chow

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