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Panda The Cat Shot With Air Rifle

Published July 24, 2014

Nanna Árnadóttir
Photos by
Vífill Garðarson

Cat owner Vífill Garðarson may need to put his cat Panda down after someone shot him with an air rifle, reports Vísir.

Earlier this week Vífill’s neighbour came across Panda lying motionless in his garage and called Vífill to come pick up the cat, but Panda did not run to his owner as he is prone to do. “He just lay there, completely still so I had to pick him up and carry him home,” said Vífill. “When I put him down on the ground again he couldn’t stand up so I rushed him to the veterinary hospital.”

Initially the vet suspected someone had run over Panda but an X-Ray revealed a bullet lodged in his chest, just under the heart and between his lungs. The bullet has remained there for the past four days and the vet does not recommend removing it as they risk doing further damage.

Panda has not eaten since the incident.

The person who shot Panda has not been found but Vífill is passing around Panda’s picture to show what happens when you make a game out of hurting animals.

“A toy didn’t do this. I mean, the bullet is still inside him,” said Vífill. “It will have been a real air rifle someone used to shoot Panda.”

Anyone with any information on the shooting is asked to contact the Metropolitan Police.


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