Purrrfect view: Cat sends internet wild after mysteriously appearing on top of Poland’s highest mountain
A cat has conquered Poland’s highest peak in a mountaineering achievement that has left climbers baffled as to how, and why, it got there.
The feline appeared at the summit of Rysy, 2,499 metres above sea level, as climber Wojciech Jabcyński settled down to admire the view and eat a snack after he had laboured his way up the Tatra peak.
Taking to Twitter to document his encounter, Jabczyński, who works as a spokesman for Orange, posted a picture of the ginger cat gazing at a view of mountain peaks and cloud filled valleys.
He also made a short video of the cat cleaning itself, oblivious to the presence and comments of fellow climbers.
Jabczyński added that he had offered it some food but it appeared that “a cheese sandwich was not on its menu.”
Just how the cat got so high remains something of a mystery although Jabczyński believes “it may have gone up with tourists from a mountain hostel on the Slovak side” of the border.
How it got to the hostel, if that was the case, also remains unexplained.
While some people, having seen the cat video, took to the internet to express their amazement others sounded their disapproval over the fact that nobody appeared willing to take the feline down the mountain.
“Soon death will be waiting for the cat,” wrote one person on the internet.
“It is a shame that nobody showed some empathy and common sense and took the cat to a shelter.”
This is not the first time there has been an unexpected four-legged discovery found on Rysy.
A few years ago an employee of an animal rescue shelter found a dog alone high on the mountain.
The dog was later taken down, given the name Rysek and a found a home in Silesia.