Cat caught sneaking saw, phone into Brazil prison

RIO DE JANEIRO Sat Jan 5, 2013 9:58am EST

1 of 2. A prison guard holds a cat that has objects wrapped around his body with tape at a prison in Arapiraca in this handout photo obtained by Reuters on January 5, 2013. A cat carrying a saw and a mobile phone was 'detained' as it entered a prison gate in northeast Brazil, Brazilian media reported on Saturday. Prison guards were surprised when they saw a white cat crossing the main gate of the prison, its body wrapped with tape. A closer look showed the feline also carried drills, an earphone, a memory card, batteries and a phone charger.

Credit: Reuters/Superintendent General of Prison Administration shows /Handout

Related Topics

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A cat carrying a saw and a mobile phone was "detained" as it entered a prison gate in northeast Brazil, Brazilian media reported on Saturday.

Prison guards were surprised when they saw a white cat crossing the main gate of the prison, its body wrapped with tape. A closer look showed the feline also carried drills, an earphone, a memory card, batteries and a phone charger.

All 263 detainees in the prison of Arapiraca, a city of 215,000 people in the state of Alagoas, are considered suspect in the plot, which is being investigated by local police.

"It's tough to find out who's responsible for the action as the cat doesn't speak," a prison spokesperson told local paper Estado de S.Paulo.

The cat was taken to an animal disease center to receive medical care.

The incident took place on New Year's day but was first reported by national media on Saturday.

(Reporting by Walter Brandimarte; Editing by Vicki Allen)

FILED UNDER:
We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/
Comments (3)
jhvance wrote:
This “Cat in the Hat” would definitely be worth a lot more than its weight in gold for someone locked up — someone who had probably been feeding it scraps long enough to imprint a good behavior pattern and then told someone on the outside to use the cat as a carrier, but neither of the conspirators thought it would do something so obvious as just walk through the front gate to get its next meal.

Hope the prison staff adopt it as a mascot!

Jan 07, 2013 3:53pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Alright prisoners, the cat’s out of the bag, we’re onto you!

Jan 08, 2013 7:45am EST  --  Report as abuse
@Reuters-

Don’t get me wrong, I respect Reuters as a viable news source,but um, it’s a bit hard to believe that there’s only two comments about this Reuters report.

The world is a scam.

Jan 09, 2013 5:25am EST  --  Report as abuse
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.