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Kitty the cat survives nine-shot attack

As if seeking to prove the verity of the old myth of a cat's nine lives, Kitty - a feline resident of Traneberg in western Sweden - is recovering after surviving nine shots to her head and torso.

Kitty the cat survives nine-shot attack
Kitty pictured with owner Nathalie Elsrup

“The shooter must have been standing very close for the pellets to have gone so deep,” said vet Andrew Blockley to the local Hallands Nyheter daily.

Kitty dragged herself injured and bloody to the family home in Traneberg in Varberg on Saturday.

Everyone presumed that she had got herself embroiled in a fight with a dog and had been bitten, including the vet at Halland animal hospital in Slöinge – until three air gun pellets were found on her person.

One had penetrated her nasal shaft, one was lodged just under her eye and a third in the midriff. On closer inspection, evidence was uncovered revealing a total of nine shots.

The cat is presumed to have been caught and detained as an air rifle has to be reloaded after every round.

“If the cat was shot at nine times it must clearly have been prevented from running away,” Blockley told the newspaper.

Kitty was operated on on Monday and is expected to make a full recovery.

The police have opened an investigation into a suspected case of cruelty to animals.

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OFFBEAT

Swede’s surprise fika thief: this very cheeky little fox

You know when you're enjoying a fika at your Swedish summer house and then suddenly a fox walks up to you and rudely finishes all your coffee?

Swede's surprise fika thief: this very cheeky little fox
The Swedish fika fox. Photo: Viktor Risling

That's what happened to Viktor Risling in Grötlingbo on the island of Gotland.

“At first I thought there was something yellow walking towards me. I looked up and saw it was a fox. It came very close. I put my hand towards it and it smelled my hand. After that it smelled my coffee,” he told The Local on Tuesday.

“Then it drank the coffee right beside me. It was very nice to be so close to nature.”

Risling snapped a series of pictures of his unexpected fika companion and posted them on social media. They quickly went viral after the Dagens Nyheter newspaper first picked up the strange story.

But the guest's table manners left something to be desired when he knocked the cup over to drink.

“The fox enjoyed the coffee a lot. It's a wild animal so it can't behave properly. But it will learn, we are working on it,” laughed Risling.

The daring animal missed out on the standard Swedish cinnamon roll with his coffee, but Risling revealed that he did still get a special treat.

“It came back today, and I gave it some turkey. It enjoyed it. I got a friend now.”

Interview by The Local's intern Saina Behnejad.