41-year-old owner Alice Bigge realized that her pet feline was a thief one morning when she woke up and came face to face with a toy diplodocus that was placed on her pillow.
Charlie, a cheeky feline, is notorious in his community for stealing and hoarding household items from neighbors. Having stolen items including glasses, cutlery, toys, and even toy skateboards, he has been dubbed "Klepto Cat." But that's not all, the cat burglar scoops up everything from rubber ducks to plastic dinosaurs. That's why his 41-year-old owner Alice Bigge has to take out time to try and reunite the stolen loot with the 1-year-old's victims.
To this end, the Bristol resident has set up a shelf outside her home, where she keeps a random array of items that Charlie brings home. There's also a sign there that reads, "Our cat Charlie likes taking things, do any of these things belong to you? If they do please help yourself!"
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Apparently, Alice realized that her pet feline was a thief one morning when she woke up and came face to face with a toy diplodocus that was placed on her pillow. A-Level film at St Brendan’s sixth form college in Brislington. Alice claims that her cat is "well into clothes pegs at the moment."
"He brought back a rubber duck recently, which was quite large and I have no idea how he managed that—and got it through the cat flap," said the owner who teaches A-Level film at St Brendan’s sixth form college in Brislington. "He went through a phase of coming back with those little mini-skateboards too."
Alice, who took in Charlie and his sister Smudge as rescue cats after they were abandoned, noted that the naughty cat brings all his "finds" to her. "He wasn’t allowed out for three months or so. But it was almost as soon as he was allowed out that he began bringing things back. Over the course of a week or so, loads of toy dinosaurs kept appearing in the house which was really weird. I saw a green stegosaurus one day and wondered if one of my mate’s kids might have dropped it here," she noted.
But when bizarre items began crowding her home, she realized that Charlie had been up to no good. "The following day, I saw a red stegosaurus, and they just kept coming!
I woke up with a diplodocus right next to my head on my pillow—which made me think of that moment from The Godfather. Charlie just sat there looking proud of himself," she said according to Good News Network.
Later she discovered that it was a nursery at the end of the road that Charlie had been robbing. "It turned out he’d been going there and picking them all up and bringing them back here one by one. He has never caught a bird or a mouse or anything like other cats do… he just goes off and finds whatever he can," she added.
Despite his stealing habits, Charlie's owners love him and is even understanding of his habits. "I think there’s something about the quest that he enjoys. Whether it is discovering something new or just wanting to please me and bring his family a present. It’s so funny now that people are loving his story because we’ve been laughing about him for over a year. Whatever it is, we still love him to bits!" shared Alice.
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