A roadkill cat in New Zealand that has been stuffed and turned into a rug has sold for almost $1000. The online auction for the taxidermied tabby, listed as a "great little gift for the mancave'', upset animal advocates, who said it was disturbing and in bad taste.
But that did not stop Auckland printer Ian James from bidding on the ginger cat rug. He placed the winning bid of $955 before the auction closed on Trade Me.
Tauranga taxidermist Andrew Lancaster found the large male cat on the side of the Napier-to-Taupo highway, on the way back from a concert last month. "I thought 'that's a pretty nice looking cat', did a U-turn and picked it up,'' he said.
The UK-expat thought the cat must have been "run straight over'' as there was no broken skin, but bruising inside, he said. Eliot Pryor, from animal advocacy organisation SAFE, said the sale of the cat was "extremely bad taste''. "But there is also something distasteful about the attitude shown to an animal once it has died, as the description is light hearted and not respectful.''