ets, like people, come with all sorts of personalities. Every once in awhile, we meet one with so much character, charisma, and odd charm that we can't help but notice, and maybe fall in love a little bit. This California cat has one of those personalities. Also, a criminal record.
This is Darwin, known to many as Darwin the retriever cat.
Darwin was a fuzzy feral kitten in 2011, brought home by Karen Flynn of North Berkeley, Calif. The intention was to socialize him and then adopt him out, but, as often happens, there was just something about this cat and his temporary home became his permanent home. Flynn explained, “I knew from the get-go that he was odd. I called him Darwin because I was convinced he was going to naturally select himself out of the gene pool.”
According to his human, "If there was a dangerous object, he would find it. He would chew on tacks, broken glass, scissors, X-Acto blades, walk toward hot burners and open flames, that sort of thing."
Soon Flynn starting finding leaves in and around her house. It took her awhile to figure out how they were getting there. When she noticed teeth holes in them, she had her suspect. Darwin quickly moved from leaves to other assorted objects that he’d collect and bring home. Mostly his treasures included scraps of paper, envelopes, and other small items easily carried by a cat in the night. Flynn began photographing these retrieved objects, and Darwin even got his own Facebook page.
Darwin's quirky personality and odd assortment of daily treasures attracted fans.
People enjoyed seeing what new mischief the thieving cat was up to. One could almost decipher a theme, plan, or thought process by looking at the grouped findings, the evidence of Darwin’s nighttime escapades.
This pair of sandals was retrieved one at a time, 21 days apart!
Was he searching the entire time for the other shoe? When he saw it, did he recognize it as part of a matching set, the other safely tucked away in his criminal lair? WHAT IS THE CAT THINKING?
The photos of the objects were awesome enough, but Flynn soon took it to the next level.
Whether it was because of her own curiosity or the curiosity of Darwin’s devoted fans, we may never know. But we are delighted that Flynn set up a motion activated camera to catch the thief in the act. Complete with night vision!
What was Darwin going to do next? Then, an unexpected change took place.