UNITED KINGDOM – A pet cat decided to wish his owner a Merry Christmas – by bringing home a live fish as a gift.
Holly Hudson was just sitting on her sofa at her home in Greengate, near Littleborough, Rochdale, when Freddie the cat arrived and planted the unexpected gift at her feet.
Terrified and panicking-stricken at first, the 22-year-old began to scream before calling her friend and dad for help.
Her father told her to pick up the fish – which is believed to be a koi carp – and put it in water in case it was still alive.
Holly explained to the M.E.N: “I was just sitting there on the sofa and the next thing I know there’s a fish in front of me!
“I started screaming and jumped on top of the coach. I rang my friend and then my dad and he told me I needed to do something with it – if it was alive I couldn’t leave it there.”
“I got some rubber gloves and a vase and managed to pick it up. It started flopping around and I screamed even more. I panicked and ran to the bath and started to run it and just put the fish in it. It was just swimming around.”
Holly states that the fish was a koi carp, around five to six inches long.
She went on to add: “I don’t know where it came from, Freddie has only ever brought a mouse in before and it was alive, we were looking for it for ages. It’s like he brings in live animals because he thinks we need more pets! Or it was an early Christmas present for us.”
Holly posted a Snapchat video of the fish on her Facebook page noting: “Okay so most cats bring home mice, but mine has brought us a living koi carp. As far as we know there aren’t any ponds near our house so we have no idea where it came from. Does anyone have any idea what we should do?”
The story met with amusement by many, with some branding it ‘the best post of the year’.
Others readers, however, said things like ‘it’s time to stop carping around’.
Thankfully, the people of Littleborough came to the rescue and the koi carp since has been rehomed and is actually doing quite well.
Holly, however, is still keen to track down the rightful owner of the fish.
Are you by any chance missing a koi carp?