It was the purrfect crime.
Japanese police are looking into an attempted murder of an elderly, bedridden women, and their main suspect is a stray cat. Mayuko Matsumoto's daughter found her face covered in blood from about 20 cuts on Monday in their home in Japan. Matsumoto, who is 82-years-old and unable to speak, had to receive emergency care after the attack.
"When we found her, blood covered everything above her chin. Her face was soaked in blood. I didn't know what had happened," Matsumoto's daughter told RKK.
After seeing the severe wounds, police launched an official investigation, according to local broadcaster RKK. Investigators did not find anything that would indicate someone had broken into the home of the suspected attack but did eventually realize the slashes on her face looked like cat scratches.
Authorities turned their attention to the stray cats behind the Matsumotos' house and found traces of blood. One of them looked like they had human blood on them, the Nishinippon Shimbun newspaper said Friday.
"Police are analyzing a blood sample taken from the claw of the cat which might have scratched the victim," national broadcaster NHK reported.
It turns out that cats are not the cuddliest of creatures. A study from the Wildlife Center of Virginia found that 80 percent of felines had preyed upon birds and small animals. The study found that larger cats will also attack bigger animals like ducks and falcons.
“It goes beyond the common perception that outdoor, free-roaming cats just attack mice and rats,” David McRuer, the director of veterinary services at the center, told the Washington Post.
Most recently, a study published in Biological Conservation found that wild cats in Australia killed 316 million birds every year, while pets killed 61 million.
"Everyone knows that cats kill birds, but this study shows that, at a national level, the amount of predation is staggering," said lead researcher John Woinarski from Charles Darwin University in a statement reported by Phys.org. "It is likely to be driving the ongoing decline of many species."
Who knew owning a cat would lead to cat-as-trophy?
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