Cuddly cat burglar’s antics a hit on Facebook

Leah and her stolen toys
Picture: Fredlin Adriaan

The Bay’s cuddliest cat burglar has struck again, claiming her 15th bit of booty in two months and returning to her Bridgemead home early yesterday with an Angry Bird clutched between her claws.

Of course, few filchers have the furry finesse displayed by Leah, a four-year-old tabby cat.

Since mid-October, Leah has sneaked out of her Glenconner Avenue home in the middle of the night to collect fluffy toys which she presents as gifts to her owner, Kerry Oberholzer, the following morning.

Yesterday, Leah returned home with gift No 15, a yellow Angry Birds doll, which prompted Oberholzer to send out another Facebook request urging the owners of the toy collection to contact her to retrieve the stolen goods.

By midday, the post on “Animal Network Port Elizabeth” had been liked and shared more than 200 times, with a list of comments below expressing the joy Leah’s antics brought to social media users.

Oberholzer said: “At first, she brought a toy on five consecutive days. The very first thing she brought was a baby slipper.

“But, with time, she brought random things at random times.

“We have tried to return the toys by posting letters in the postboxes of everyone in the street.

“We have even gone as far as personally visiting the houses nearby where we know there are kids.

“Nobody recognises the toys but everyone has a good laugh about it.

“My children are now starting to call dibs on the items because she recently returned with an almost complete set of toys from the Sponge Bob collection.

“We even joke that we need to train her to bring back wallets. But if nobody claims the toys, we will donate them to a shelter.”

The animal lover said Leah was the oldest of five rescued cats residing at the Oberholzer residence and, up until October, could be described as very snobbish.

“We think that since the arrival of the latest two cats, she just seems to be in need of a little more attention, hence she has started with this cute, cuddly behaviour,” she said.

Oberholzer said should anyone recognise the toys, they could contact her via Facebook to have them returned.

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