The woman was taking a walk near her home in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany, when she made the discovery. The plastic box looked quite out of place on the forest path, and she immediately thought that someone had just dumped the box there.
Angry at the thought that someone would use the forest as a rubbish bin, she went to take a closer look. As she lifted the lid, she couldn’t believe her eyes.
Inside the box was a tabby cat struggling to breathe.
The woman had no idea how long the cat had been in the box, but with no air holes, it was a miracle she hadn’t suffocated. Heartbreakingly, it seemed that someone had gone to great lengths to ensure the poor cat couldn’t get out of the box.
The woman, a volunteer at the Neustrelitz Cat Paradise animal shelter, immediately got the cat out the box and took her straight to the shelter.
If the woman hadn’t been walking by that precise spot at that time, the cat would have certainly suffocated. Sadly, it seems that someone had cruelly left the cat there to die.
While she was understandably terrified at first, the cat who staff named Molly, amazingly survived her ordeal. Thanks to the care of the staff at Neustrelitz she has gone on to make a good recovery.
Molly did not have a collar or microchip, so her owners haven’t been tracked down yet. However, the shelter has offered a 200 euro reward for any information that can identify the owner of the cat.