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Curious tar-covered cat rescued from Boston construction site is up for adoption

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  May 23, 2013 03:00 PM

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MSPCA-Angell staffer Berry Brixie tends to Tarzan, who is wearing a cone to prevent him from licking the tar in an attempt to clean himself (credit MSPCA-Angell).JPG

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MSPCA-Angell staffer Berry Brixie tends to Tarzan, who is wearing a cone to prevent him from licking the tar in an attempt to clean himself.

A cat wandered into a Boston construction site and found himself in some serious tar-ouble.

The 2-year-old orange tabby picked a poor place to put his paws, covering his fur in a thick, sticky tar. A good Samaritan rescued the cat from the work site in Hyde Park and brought him to the MSPCA Angell Animal Medical Center in Jamaica Plain.

There, veterinarians named him “Tarzan,” and shaved the fur from his front limbs and part of his upper body to remove the tar.

“Tarzan endured the procedure without complaint and is now resting comfortably in a nearby foster home before he can be placed for adoption,” the center said in a statement.

Alyssa Muro, who manages animal adoptions at the center, believes the cat may have only recently become homeless.

When he was rescued, the cat was in robust health and had already been neutered, which veterinarians said is a strong indication that he once had an owner. But the cat was not wearing identification tags and was not microchipped, “making it all but impossible to identify any previous owners,” the center said. No one has stepped forward to claim him.

“He’s got a wonderful temperament and even when covered in tar he purred through multiple evaluations by our shelter veterinary staff,” Muro said in a statement. “He likely was someone’s pet before he went missing. We’re glad the person who found him thought to bring him to us so we could remove the tar as the first step to getting him into a loving home.”

Tarzan will be immunized and microchipped before he is adopted into a new home, which could be as soon as this week.

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A shaved Tarzan settles into his foster home where he will recover before he is adopted into a permanent home (credit MSPCA-Angell).JPG

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A shaved Tarzan settles into his foster home where he will recover before he is adopted into a permanent home.

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