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Cat Nabbed for Smuggling Contraband in Brazilian Prison

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A cunning feline was detained by Brazilian police after it was busted smuggling escape tools taped to its body into a prison.

On New Year’s Eve, the cat was spotted by a guard at medium security prison Judge Luiz de Oliveira Souza in Arapiraca, in the northeast of Brazil.

Taped to its body were two saws, two drills for concrete, a headset, a memory card, a cellphone, three batteries and a mobile phone charger, according to a police statement.  Officials said the material would serve to saw bars and dig tunnels.

According to officers at the prison, the cat would often be seen tiptoeing in and out of the prison gate, and they said that it may have been raised by inmates held at the prison.

After the items were removed, the cat was taken to a local animal center.

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Animal Lovers Outraged at Cat Tattoo

Comstock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) -- Hundreds of animal lovers have expressed outrage after a video surfaced of a Russian tattoo artist inking a large tattoo across his hairless cat’s chest.

Timur Rimut, a 24-year-old man from Tatarsan, a city near Moscow, tattooed a necklace-like design, with cursive script and a large diamond-shaped pendant, on his Spynx cat while the animal was placed under anesthetic.  It’s similar to a tattoo the artist sports across his own chest.

But while the artist probably meant to tattoo the words “Carpe Diem,” which means “seize the day” in Latin, on the cat, a closer look at the video posted on YouTube shows he might have accidentally spelled it “Carpe Deem.”

In the video, Rimut appears to have first drawn the design on the cat’s chest in blue ink. Then a woman stretched the cat out on a table and administered an anesthetic injection to its leg as Rimut got the tattoo needle prepared. Once the cat was sedated, the artist went to work, pressing the buzzing tattoo needle into the cat’s bare skin.

In a statement to, Wayne Pacelle, the president of the Humane Society of the United States called the act ”clearly uncessary and inhumane.”

“Tattooing a cat for vanity’s sake is a frivolous practice that has a very real risk of causing needless suffering and dangerous side effects.  Animals don’t choose to subject themselves to painful procedures for appearance’s sake, and we consider tattooing an animal for aesthetic reasons to be clearly unnecessary and inhumane,” the statement said.

The video, posted by the Russian news outlet PROKazan, has more than 106,000 hits on Youtube, at last count and more than 200 people have expressed their anger through posted comments.

“Thats horrible! The cat can’t speak for himself, it is the same as a father tattooing his baby.  He can love his cat but that’s stupid and cruel,” said one user with the handle MissSiul.

“Someone should take that poor cat away from him, he doesn’t deserve it,” said AndreCrow.

NewLifestyleMentor posted: “This is the ultimate in animal cruelty. I can’t understand how an animal owner could do this to their pet. Totally sickening!”

However, others argued that the tattoo artist did it out of love, not to be cruel.

“It doesn’t seem to be suffering much, judging by the pictures. …  I’m sure he loves his cat. And I’ve seen way more cruel things done to animals,” wrote the user with the handle douvil.

This isn’t the first instance of a cat being tattooed, or receiving what’s called a “cattoo,” in Russia. In 2009, Oksana Popova of Moscow had her cat’s chest tattooed with an image of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen.

“We live in interesting time and this is a tattoo for such times,” she told Russia news channel RT at the time.

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Cat in the Cockpit: Free-Roaming Feline Causes 4-Hour Flight Delay

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(HALIFAX, Nova Scotia) -- A curious cat led to a major flight delay for passengers of one Air Canada Flight from Halifax to Toronto on Thursday. Ten-year-old Ripples was put back in his carrier after going through airport security but his owner, Debbie Harris, failed to realize that one of the latches on the carrier was improperly done.

As Harris got on the plane, the latch on Ripples’ carrier gave way and the cat ran through the aisles to first class where passengers tried and failed to catch him. Ripples then made his way to the cockpit, diving under the pilots’ feet into a small inaccessible wiring compartment.

Passengers were forced to leave the plane as technicians worked to take the compartment apart and free the cat. Ripples was extracted from the compartment and the flight took off for Toronto, more than four hours behind schedule.

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Pet Cat Inherits $13 Million After Italian Owner Dies

Adam Gault/Thinkstock(ROME) -- A 4-year-old stray cat that was rescued from the streets of Rome has inherited a $13 million fortune from its owner, the wealthy widow of an Italian property tycoon.

Maria Assunta left the fortune to her beloved kitty Tommaso when she died two weeks ago at the age of 94.  The feline’s newfound riches include cash, as well as properties in Rome, Milan and land in Calabria.

As her health began to fail two years ago, Assunta, who had no children, began to seek out a way to see that Tommaso was properly cared for after she died.  In November 2009, she bequeathed her entire estate to the alley cat that she’d rescued.

Initially, Assunta had instructed her attorneys to, “identify an animal welfare association or group to which to leave the estate and the commitment of looking after Tommaso,” according to the Daily Telegraph.

Unable to find a satisfactory association to see to it that Tommaso was loved and cared for, Assunta decided to leave all her money to the cat via her nurse, Stefania, who cared for her until her dying day.  Her last name has not been disclosed.

“She had become very fond towards the nurse who assisted her,” Anna Orecchioni, one of the lawyers, told Il Messaggero newspaper.  “We’re convinced that Stefania is the right person to carry out the old lady’s wishes.  She loves animals just like the woman she devoted herself to right up until the end.”

Stefania told the Telegraph that she had no idea the woman that she was caring for was so incredibly wealthy.

“The old lady suffered from loneliness,” the nurse said.  “She looked after that cat more than you’d look after a son.  I promised her that I would look after the cat when she was no longer around.  She wanted to be sure that Tommaso would be loved and cuddled.  But I never imagined that she had this sort of wealth.  She was very discreet and quite.  I knew very little of her private life.  She only told me that she had suffered from loneliness a lot.”

Tommaso and Stefania, along with another cat, are living outside Rome at an address that is undisclosed, so to avoid con artists and potential kidnappers.

“We have gotten lots of email messages from candidates who wanted to adopt the little Tommasino,” the cat’s lawyer told ABC News.

The windfall for Tommaso places him at number three on the list of wealthy pets, behind Kalu the chimp, whose owner left him $80 million dollars, and top dog Gunther IV, a German shepherd who inherited $372 million dollars from his father, Gunther III, the beloved companion of an eccentric German countess.

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