A winged cat has been killed by villagers near the Central Russian city of Kursk. The locals drowned the deformed puss after believing it was a messenger of Satan, the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper reports.
On entering her yard, Nadezhda Medvedeva saw how a stray cat stood up and, just like a chicken, stretched out two wings. She said that at that moment her hair stood on end. The locals had no doubt the unlucky cat was a messenger of the devil, the Vlasti.net website writes.
Where the cat came from and why it appeared in the village of Bukreyevk nobody knows. Nadezhda Medvedeva, whose home is located on the edge of the village, said she initially heard a soft meowing.
"We poured some milk into a bowl," Medvedeva recounted. "A tom cat came out -- ginger, huge, twice as big as normal. He drank greedily and started meowing again...asking for more. We started feeding him. After a couple of days my daughter came running in all scared and whispered: 'Mom, come and look at the cat! He's got wings!'"
Nadezhda Medvedeva went out and saw how the cat slowly moved its wings exactly as a chicken would. The woman immediately came to the conclusion that the cat was sinister, "just like a sort of devil".
The daughter, having already named the cat Vaska, claimed he was affectionate and had obviously been a pet.
The rumor of the winged cat soon reached Kursk, but by the time a correspondent got wind of it the cat had already been killed by a local drunk, who drowned the unique feline. A sack with the animal's body was recovered later from a pond near the Medvedev's home. Despite the fact decomposition had already set in, the correspondent form the local Komsomol newspaper confirmed the cat did actually have wings.