Your Meow Mix or your life! Police in Japan suspect a stray cat found with blood on its claws is responsible for mauling an elderly woman.
OK, so “How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You” might have made the New York Times Best Seller list but c'mon, cats don't really have murder on their furry little minds... or do they? A recent incident in Japan is a sobering reminder that cats, unlike dogs, aren't nearly as domesticated as we'd like to think.
Police in a mountainous region of southern Japan have launched an attempted murder investigation into a vicious attack on Mayuko Matsumoto, an 82-year-old woman who is bedridden and unable to speak. Matsumoto's daughter found her mother bleeding profusely from approximately 20 slashes to her face. “When we found her, blood covered everything above her chin," stated the younger woman. “Her face was soaked in blood. I didn't know what had happened.”
Investigators were initially perplexed as to who might have attacked Matsumoto. According to reporters from Japanese broadcaster NTV, police found no signs of entry or exit from Matsumoto's house, forced or otherwise. None of her possessions was stolen and the motive for the attack was a mystery. Upon consulting with the doctor treating the woman at a local clinic, police found their first clue: the woman's wounds resembled cat scratches.
Returning to Matsumoto's house, investigators noted a number of stray cats loitering about – it's possible the woman may have been feeding them. Upon examining the cats (not an easy thing to do with strays), one of them was found to have traces of blood – possibly human – on its claws. Was this the “smoking gun” they had been looking for? According to national broadcaster NHK, “Police are analyzing a blood sample taken from the claw of the cat which might have scratched the victim.” As for the prime suspect, well, it's not talking. Cat got your tongue? (via Yahoo / AFP)