The father of Andrew Falloon, MP for Rangitata on the South Island of New Zealand, is currently recovering from an operation and is understandably catching up on some sleep during quiet daytime hours. When his family returned home one day, they were surprised to see a cat snuggled up against him – because the family does not have a cat.
"My Dad is recovering from an operation,” tweeted the MP. “Mum went out and left a door slightly ajar. My parents do not have a cat.”
In fact, Mr Falloon is not even a ‘cat person.’
Compromised immune system
The picture of the cat presumptuously sleeping upon Falloon’s chest has gone viral, with young Andrew Falloon claiming it’s been viewed over 16 million times. But he’ll be hoping the cat learns to keep its distance so as not to spread literal viruses or parasites as Falloon Snr. recovers from surgery.
For now, the family are interpreting the mysterious visitor’s appearance as ‘tolerable.’
“I’m just happy Dad’s on the mend,” Andrew told Mashable. “If the photo made a few people smile that’s nice too.”
The story recalls the chilling news about a ‘single white feline’-style stalker cat creeping out an innocent young family, as we reported two months back.
In that incident, a stray kitten wormed its way into the family’s life after mysteriously shaking off its own needy siblings.
Just a photo
For a quite ordinary photo, the reach of the cat snap is phenomenal – with over 70,000 retweets and nearly half a million likes, it eclipses many of the most noted tweets of established Twitter celebrities.
But Falloon Snr is immune to the lure of social media.
“First I had to explain to him what social media was,” his son told Newshub, “and so that was quite a process, and then explaining what going viral means.
“I consulted with my wife Rose, and apparently it's not quite the level of Kim [Kardashian], but maybe Caitlyn [Jenner].”