A new kitten is taking the Internet by storm thanks to her adorable eyes, pouty face and her one-of-a-kind mushroom outfit.
The viral photo originally shared on Imgur shows a tiny kitten sitting upright on a chair. The baby cat is wearing a brown and crème- colored crocheted mushroom costume complete with armholes for the kitten’s paws. The photo, viewed nearly 300,000 times since it was posted on Sunday, was uploaded to Reddit by user DopeSk1llz.
But she’s more than just a cute kitty. According to Redditor histak, the kitten was rescued after being attacked by a crow. The rescuer reportedly dressed her in the crocheted mushroom costume to help harness the kitten while it was being tube-fed back to health.
“This little one is called Wasabi-chan. She was rescued after being attacked by a crow. Her top jaw was fractured, a hole in her throat, tongue was ripped, and part of gum was eaten,” histak wrote. “The rescuer was feeding her with a tube which Wasabi-chan hates, thus this crochet straitjacket (Grandma's handmade) to hold her down while feeding. Some pointed out the photo looks abusive, so the rescuer tweeted she'll not put any more of those. She's gaining a lots (sic) of weights and looking adorable!”
The Redditor linked to a Japanese website, matome.naver.jp, where user jessiepon wrote more about Wasabi-chan, adding she is getting better. Photos on the page show the kitten getting fed through a tube, dressed in other costumes made by the owner’s grandmother and of Wasabi-chan playing and sleeping.
According to a Google translation, the rescuer wrote: “You, thank you messages of encouragement and support!Wasabi Wasabi Chan Chan such (__) m m [sic] happy person is watched from so many people.”
The feline also has its own Instagram page where it has nearly 10,000 followers already.