BERKELEY (KPIX 5) — A kleptomaniac cat named Darwin who turned one thing of a North Berkeley legend and on-line movie star for snatching gadgets for space houses was being mourned Monday, virtually every week after being fatally struck by a automotive.
From the second Karen Flynn took in a small feral kitten, she knew he was a bit totally different.
She named him Darwin as a result of he appeared decided to be naturally chosen out of the gene pool.
“He’d deliver me thumb tacks and razor blades and damaged glass,” remembered Flynn.
However about 4 years in the past, she realized the reality about Darwin. He simply beloved bringing stuff residence to her.
It began with leaves after which moved on to wrappers and gloves and the occasional slipper; as much as seven or eight new gadgets per night time left at her bed room door.
“He in all probability went via a couple of months of spam, He was actually huge on stealing spam, stated Flynn with amusing. And mail mail too, so there have been a number of issues, you recognize, return to sender.”
Darwin collected a lot stuff that Flynn rigged up a movement activated digital camera to the toilet window of her Berkeley house simply to doc the adventurous cat’s deliveries.
Individuals appeared to like seeing what the cat dragged in, so Flynn created a Fb web page and posted photographs of his newest haul. She would save the posts for occasions when the nightly information was miserable, simply to cheer individuals up.
However then, about three weeks in the past the deliveries stopped, virtually as an indication that one thing was about to vary. Then, final Tuesday night time Flynn heard a commotion outdoors.
“I heard someone’s simply blood-curdling scream to decelerate to a automotive that sped by. I heard the automotive go tremendous quick,” stated Flynn.
Darwin was hit and killed on the road outdoors her house. The previous week has been onerous for Flynn.
“It was tough,” she stated.
Whereas it’s not straightforward getting over dropping her quirky little good friend, Flynn stated the heartfelt responses from complete strangers on Fb providing their condolences have been an actual consolation.
“I simply thought he was superior. And to learn what all these different individuals considered him…it actually helped me by means of it,” Flynn stated. “It was fairly nice.”
Karen has different cats, however none of them are fairly like Darwin. He will probably be missed as a result of, together with all of the spam and different gadgets the cat pilfered, he additionally managed to steal a coronary heart