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Manitoba cat with head stuck in bird feeder continues to elude rescuers

BRANDON, Man. - Rescuers hoping to help a Manitoba cat with a bird feeder on its head say the beleaguered animal has been seen again, but continues to elude them.

The Brandon and Area Lost Animals group says on its Facebook page that the cat, known as Butterscotch, was spotted early Friday, in the area where traps are set.

Concern was raised Wednesday when the ginger-and-white cat was seen in Colleen Gareau's backyard with a small bird feeder — open on one side — on its head.

The cat can apparently see out of one eye and even jump, but likely cannot eat or drink.

Traps baited with tuna and sardines have been set for the cat, since he runs away when people approach.

The lost animals group is asking people in Brandon to report any sightings, and to try to make the cat feel invisible if they spot it.

"We know he loves other cats. He spends time with friendly cats harnessed outdoors at various homes. This morning he was seen hanging out and then running with a free roaming cat, also orange coated," said in an earlier Facebook post on Thursday evening.

"But if a human approaches him, he bolts. He runs from noise and activity. We fear he will bolt into traffic, a serious risk since he has limited vision. We are also concerned he will run and hide, getting stuck because of the bird feeder."

Gareau said the cat had been a regular visitor to her yard before getting the feeder stuck on its head. She said it gets along well with her own cat, which she lets out into her yard on a leash.

She assumed the cat belonged to someone in her neighbourhood, but no one has stepped forward to claim ownership the animal.

Gareau said she nicknamed it Butterscotch because its ginger colouring was taffy-like.

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