Russian Cat Caught Smuggling Mobile Phones into Prison
Published on: 4th Jun 2013
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A cat has been trained to smuggle mobile phones into prisons, but was caught by prison officials during its latest visit.
The cat was caught on Friday while climbing the fence of a Penal Colony near the city of Syktyvkar, the capital of the northern Republic of Komi.
"Two packages were taped to the animal's back. When the packages were unwrapped, guards found objects prohibited in the penitentiary facility - two cell phones with batteries and chargers," the Republic of Komi penitentiary service department said in a statement posted on its website.
Cats are sometimes used by Russian inmates to deliver drugs, although this is thought to be the first time they have been caught smuggling phones into this particular prison.
The fate of the cat is unknown, the RIA news agency added.
On the web: RIA