‘Fare-dodging’ cat escorted off train in hilarious viral footage

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Every commuter has likely watched some chancer being escorted off a train because they hadn’t paid their fare.

But this rather unusual stowaway is a special case.

TikTok users joked the furry "fare-dodger" was a rather well-groomed ginger cat who had boarded an express service in the north-western Chinese region of Inner Mongolia.

A video uploaded to the social media site shows the cat philosophically accepting its fate as the train’s conductor picks it up and hauls it off the train.

It even seems to be trying to help the official, making sad little stepping motions in the air as it’s being carried.

While some people have speculated that it might be a feral cat riding the rails across China in search of adventure, others have pointed out that the moggy looks rather too well cared-for to be a lifelong stray.

One commenter pointed out: “The cat is very well-groomed, it’s definitely a pet cat. A stray cat would not even let you touch it, let alone being held.

“I think it was either lost or dumped by its owner. Did they just leave it there at the train station?”

They added: “The video might have made people laugh online, but in reality, the cat is probably still living on the streets.”

Another commenter agreed, writing: “This is not funny at all. What happened to the cat afterwards? Can't they do a bit more and find it a safe place to stay?”

Unfortunately rules are rules, and in China animals are only allowed on trains in a crate or pet carrier unless they’re officially-recognised service animals such as guide dogs.

  • Animals
  • China
  • Cats

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