The Green Cat of Bulgaria

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A stray cat roaming the streets of Varna, Bulgaria, stands out against the crowd of feral felines. We’ve featured a green cat before (and puppies, too), but this one looks like something out of a science fiction movie. At first, people thought the cat was painted by vandals. But it came to light that this cat regularly sleeps on a pile of discarded green paint in a garage. By licking his fur, he has spread the green all over his body. That didn’t sound quite right to me, because cats cannot lick or reach their spines well. But if you look closely, especially in the second video, you’ll see that the cat’s spine is only lightly tinted green. It still looks like a special effect

A Bulgarian commenter says the cat, although unfriendly, is a celebrity in Varna and gets plenty of food, and has also been checked out by a veterinarian. No doubt his cat buddies also benefit from the attention. -via Buzzfeed

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This distresses me too, I do not find it funny or enjoy looking at that poor cat or it's friend. :( Jeepers, it's face is also all green too right around the eye's!!
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That seems more likely, especially with the language. I've seen cats painted with food coloring. My kids want to do it to our white cat, but I can imagine her rolling around on the furniture before it dries.
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Someone mentioned that the "paint" in the article might actually be food coloring, not the substance you use to paint your walls. The word for both is the same in Bulgarian, so it is possible. The cat looks too healthy to have been ingesting actual paint for a prolonged period of time.
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I think the point here is that it is not paint. Paint may be the story, but it need-not be the culprit. The evenness of the colouring and the fact that you can still see all of the critter's natural markings suggests something like a photosynthesizing micro-organism. That, or it's just a ground-level special effect that's repeatable on anyone's computer.
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