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Holes cut into cat's eyes

BAI Ding, a 60-year-old retired teacher is calling on residents to adopt a blind cat that was abandoned after someone cut holes into its eyes.

The old lady burst into tears when she first saw the cat under a tree. It seemed to have no eyes, only two deep holes that were bleeding. Still, it heard the woman and crawled toward her, trembling and meowing desperately.

"Maybe I can't take care of the cat for its entire life as I'm old and in poor health," said Bai. "I hope some kind young people will adopt it."

She said she would take care of the feline until she finds someone to adopt it.

Bai found the cat last Thursday at Yanzhong Green Space on Yan'an Road M.

She took the cat to a veterinarian on Longming Road, Minhang District. Veterinarian Wu Qingrong told Shanghai Daily yesterday that the cat had a small chance of regaining some vision in its left eye. But the cat's right eyeball may need to be removed to avoid infection.

Wu said based on the wounds, someone may have used a knife or screwdriver to damage the cat's eyes.

Traditional Chinese medicine experts said the perpetrator may be a superstitious person with an eye disease, who thought by taking the cat's eyes, it would cure his or her disease.

Many netizens and residents have since donated money or cat food.


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