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Cat of the Year was a Vet Stadium Defect

Aug 30, 2006, 10:41 AM EDT

From the department of you can’t make this shit up:

Two years after he narrowly escaped death by dynamite when Veterans
Stadium was imploded, a once sickly stray cat has landed on his feet at
the top of the cat-show world.

Hagrid-of-Hogwarts, a brown-and-white tabby owned by Linda Hanna of
Drexel Hill, has been named best household pet for 2006 by the American
Cat Fanciers Association, beating out 821 other cats who competed in 50
shows across America and Canada.

But wait, there’s more:

Hagrid has five toes plus an extra digit on each front paw, that he
uses like a scooper to carry toys. He originally had seven toes on each
back paw
, but three were removed because they were in the way.

Hagrid was among seven two-week-old kittens left behind when
Veterans Stadium in South Philadelphia was prepared for implosion in

There were always rumors of people getting busy at the Vet, I guess cats were getting busy too.  It’s a shame they couldn’t come up with a better name for the deformed cat.  I was thinking something like Gizmo Williams or Buddy Ryan, not freaking Hagrid.

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