Heartbreaking images have emerged of a cat
mourning the death of her kittens, which were stabbed in China.
One was even decapitated by a brutal killer. The kittens, which were too young even to
open their eyes, were discovered by an old lady who has been taking care of homeless
cats in the city of Xi’an for many years. Mrs Yang often feeds the cats and provides
them with boxes for shelter whenever they turn up.
But her love of cats is not shared by many of the locals, many of whom blame the strays
for bringing diseases or just consider them pests.
Mrs Yang spotted two kittens and their mother one day and gave them a box, which she placed
in a roadside garden near her home. She left them in the box at around 7am but
when she returned five hours later she discovered the heartbreaking scene as the mother paced
back and forth, meowing incessantly near her two dead kittens.
Mrs Yang said she was shocked to find that one kitten had had its head cut off, while
the other had been stabbed it in the stomach. The mother cat refused to leave, seemingly
distraught at her murdered offspring. Mrs Yang said there was no surveillance footage
of the cat killer and local police had shown no interest in helping her find the culprit.
She said: ‘The kittens were obviously killed, and by a knife. How could anyone be so cruel?’
Mrs Yang has buried the kittens nearby but their mother’s grief will never go away.