A pregnant cat shot or stabbed with what appeared to be a crossbow bolt at Shantou University has initially survived the injury, due to the intervention of members of a concerned student animal organization and veterinary surgery. The cat was pregnant with six kittens and prematurely delivered them Tuesday morning — five of the kittens survived, and one perished, according to a number of people familiar with the case.
On the night of Monday, May 8th between nine and ten pm, Lin Jiarong, a junior student from Journalism School, as well as the president of the Association of Cats and Dogs at Shantou University, found a wounded cat shot by what appeared to be a crossbow bolt under DG building, near the old medical school classrooms. The cat’s name is Lili; though a stray, she and a number of other cats and dogs are regularly looked after by members of that organization in the vicinity of those buildings.The cat had been shot in the back, downward into her body, and was struggling and discharging pus when found. According to Li Qian, another member from the cat and dog association, the bolt had nearly pierced completely through one of the animal’s lungs.
Over Monday evening and Tuesday morning, news of the attack made the rounds on WeChat, with an explanatory post offering basic information about what happened, photographic evidence of the cat attack, and urging students to be careful and on the lookout for a man possibly armed with a crossbow.
Shantou University students and faculty have reported the incident to campus security, a university staff member confirmed. But as of late afternoon on Tuesday, the identity of the attacker remains unknown. Numerous students familiar with the area where the cat was found say there is little if any video surveillance in the area.
Campus organizations have pitched in to help the injured feline. A bakery run by students called Yinping said that they would donate half of their day’s profit to further treatment of the cat.