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China badminton participant paralysed after standing on stray cat in stadium throughout recreation, court docket orders feline ‘keeper’ pay US$33,000 in compensation


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A court docket in China has ordered a person who fed a stray cat to pay compensation of 240,000 yuan (US$33,000) to a badminton fanatic who was paralysed when the feline tripped him up throughout a recreation.

The man, surnamed Xiao, an worker of a badminton stadium in Shanghai, should bear obligation as a result of the cat induced hurt to a person, surnamed Wu, who was taking part in badminton, Shanghai Video reported.

In April, Wu joined his colleagues to play badminton however they didn’t discover there was a cat on the court docket.

Wu was engrossed within the recreation, specializing in his colleague who was able to serve the ball. After he jumped to return the serve, he felt himself land on one thing furry.

The participant injured himself severely when he stepped on the cat in the midst of a recreation. Photo: Shutterstock

He misplaced his stability and fell to the bottom. In hospital, Wu was recognized with compound fractures and paralysis in his proper leg.

He later sued the badminton stadium and its worker and put in a request for compensation of 350,000 yuan (US$49,000).

A colleague advised investigators that Xiao recurrently fed the cat in a rest room on the stadium and would bathe it and take it to the vet when required.

As a consequence, the court docket deemed Xiao to be the cat’s keeper.

Xiao defended himself saying he fed the cat however didn’t hold it as his pet. He contended that he was neither with the cat when the accident occurred, nor may he management its actions.

The court docket was not satisfied and mentioned keepers ought to take duty if their pets carry hurt to others and ordered Xiao to pay compensation of 240,000 yuan (US$33,000).

In addition, the court docket mentioned Xiao’s employer who owns the badminton stadium, should pay a number of the compensation if Xiao didn’t full his funds.

A court docket dominated that the stadium worker who fed and cleaned the stray cat was its de facto keeper. Photo: Shutterstock

The story has divided opinion on Weibo. At the time of writing, it had attracted 5.36 million views and 13,000 feedback.

“I support the verdict. If he really cares for the cat, he should take it home rather than just feeding it,” one person mentioned.

Another mentioned: “This sends a warning message to people who feed stray animals, does it not?”

“It feels sad. Who would dare to feed stray animals now?” a 3rd wrote.

“Do you not think the badminton stadium should be mainly responsible for the accident?” another person requested.

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