The news these days is often depressing at worst and frustrating at best. It’s easy to let it get us down. Never fear… The News Blender has you covered. Once a week we feature Something Good and, in return, all you have to do is tell us something good that has happened to you this week, something you are thankful for, a joke, a cute animal story, an inspiring tale of heroics, a Random Act of Kindness… SOMETHING good.
Today’s something good is a cat burglar and the joy he has spread through an entire neighborhood.
When the McCalls were moving into their Brisbane neighborhood last year, they were greeted by a friendly ginger cat who dropped by their back yard for a pet, according to ABC. Then the gifts started appearing in the mornings. Kay says some nights brought only one or two gifts and others brought several.
“He brought several odd socks, he brought a school T-shirt … he brought lots of toys,” Mrs. McCall said. Footballs, gloves or dog toys were among the booty. “He brought a beautiful little Peter Rabbit … I have a theory that he had a bit of a stash somewhere. After a while, we’d just accumulated a ridiculous number – literally an entire table-full.”
When Kay posted a picture of their months-long haul on a community Facebook group, neighbors said they too had been the recipients of the kitty’s gifts and he was dubbed “Pirate Kitty”. Pirate Kitty became a community icon as Kay kept posting pictures of his exploits.
She traced the thief to his loving owners who admitted having trouble containing the wily cat to the indoors. When the owners decided Johnny (aka Pirate Kitty), would be better off with another owner, they asked Kay to help them rehome him.
Kay couldn’t take him but Ingrid Moyle, a cat lover who had fostered and rescued animals for years, happily took him in. She says her family had a “kitty-sized hole” in their hears after losing a few geriatric cats recently.
After he went to live with the Moyle’s, it turned out Pirate Kitty refused to answer to his given name “Johnny”. The Moyles then tried every name the neighborhood residents had given him and he finally answered to “Kylo”.
He now leads a life indoors but has not given up his pirating ways. Ingrid has a huge box of toys of all kinds in her basement for Kylo’s enjoyment. In the middle of the night, they will hear bumping up the stairs and he will appear by their bed and meow, as if to say, “Hey, look what I brought you!” before trotting off to find another gift to bestow.
The three-year-old feline now has his own Facebook page where his exploits are documented and is living life to the fullest. His adoring neighbors visit him now and his position of community icon remains. Pirate Kitty has brought joy to the residents of the community during a time of uncertainty and exhaustion with the pandemic and is now branching out to worldwide celebrity.
A thieving orange cat who brings a smile to everyone’s face is a something good. Now it’s your turn… Tell me something good!