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'Pink cat' puts Swindon on the global media map
Pink cat
'Pink' the cat has become world famous since the story broke

The story of the female cat found in Swindon last week with its fur dyed pink has attracted the interest of the world's media.

Press outlets from India to Australia have all reported on the story.

Stories about animal mistreatment always make emotive headlines, and this tale is no exception, coming so soon after the recent 'cat in bin' furore.

So we thought we'd take a look at how exactly the story is being reported around the globe.

The Pakistan Daily Mail announced the 'Pink cat that glows in the dark'.

The headline paraphrased the comments of Penny Gillespie, a carer at the Cheldene Veterinary Centre and Boarding Cattery in Marlborough who are looking after the cat, nicknamed 'Pink'.

She said she had not seen such a brightly coloured creature in her nine years working at the refuge, adding: "Pink is so bright she almost glows in the dark."

'Ramblings of a drunk'

The Seattle-based independent Apex News Network website in America boasted the headline, 'Man who Saw Pink Cat Thrown Over Fence Dismissed as Drunk By Wife'.

This related to the part of the story that refers to the man who, returning home from his local pub, saw a pink cat seemingly fly over the fence into his garden.

On recounting the story to his bemused wife, she dismissed his claim as the ramblings of a drunk.

'Cat tickled pink in the UK' came the headline from Australia's Sky News. They wrote that the RSPCA in England were appealing for anyone with information about the cat to contact them.

Food colouring

Pink-haired, 22-year-old Natasha Gregory of Swindon has since come forward to claim 'Pink' as her own cat, named Oi! Kitty.

Our very own Daily Mail, here in the UK, scored an interview with Miss Gregory who explained that far from being an act of cruelty, she carefully dyed her pet with some food colouring.

She told the Daily Mail: "I read the instructions and there was nothing to say that it was harmful to humans or animals. We eat the food the dye is used on, so I knew it wasn't toxic.

"I just poured some of the liquid over my hands and rubbed them together and then over the cat. I was careful to avoid her face and eyes though.

"She didn't seem to mind and I think she looked lovely."

The otherwise healthy and happy cat is still being cared for at Cheldene Veterinary Centre until the RSPCA has decided no further action is necessary.




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