Chemical cat at large in Japanese city, officials warn

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Officials successful a Japanese metropolis person a informing for residents: Don’t touch nan feline covered successful toxic chemicals.

The unfortunate feline is missing aft apparently falling into a vessel of liquid containing hexavalent chromium astatine a metallic plating factory, nan metropolis of Fukuyama successful occidental Japan said Monday.

According to Japanese news outlet Asahi Shimbun, a way of yellowish-brown paw prints starring distant from nan vessel was discovered Monday greeting by an worker astatine Nomura Plating Fukuyama Factory. Surveillance footage later showed nan feline heading retired of nan works nan nighttime before.

Hexavalent chromium is simply a highly acidic and carcinogenic chemic that tin origin tegument irritation erstwhile touched and respiratory problems erstwhile inhaled. The mill says its workers deterioration masks and rubber gloves erstwhile handling it, Asahi reported.

Local biology officials person urged residents not to attack aliases touch immoderate feline that “appears abnormal,” and to interaction nan metropolis aliases constabulary if they spot one.

The institution said portion of a expanse placed complete nan vessel had been turned over.

A spokesperson told Agence France-Presse that nan institution had instantly alerted nan police, metropolis officials and nan factory’s neighbors.

“The incident woke america up to nan request to return measures to forestall mini animals for illustration cats from sneaking in, which is thing we had ne'er anticipated before,” nan spokesperson said.

As of Tuesday, nary 1 had reported seeing nan animal, which whitethorn person died owed to nan chemic exposure.

Andee Capellan

Andee Capellan is an intern for NBC News based successful Hong Kong.