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Tarzan the Tar-Covered Cat is Saved by Good Samaritan

Tarzan the Tar-Covered Cat is Saved by Good Samaritan

Anyone who has ever tried to clean oil off an animal knows that it’s a very long and tedious process that involves a lot of water, a lot of Dawn dish detergent and a whole lot of patience. But when it comes to taking tar off of an animal’s fur, well, it’s sort of like washing your hair in a sink full of chewing gum.

It's not uncommon for animals to wander into construction sites, which are full of hazards.

Last week, a young orange tabby got himself into a very sticky situation when he wandered into a construction site in Hyde Park, Massachusetts. The cat made his way into an area of thick tar and was coated in the black substance all the way up to his chest. Tar can be produced from petroleum, coal, wood or peat. And though the toxicity of the product this feline encountered is unknown, thankfully he didn’t get a chance to try licking it off because a Good Samaritan noticed the cat and was able to calmly capture him.

Tarzan Gets A Shave

The cat was brought to the MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center in Jamaica Plain where veterinarians named him “Tarzan,” and gave him their best barber shop shave.

“Tarzan endured the procedure without complaint and is now resting comfortably in a nearby foster home before he can be placed for adoption,” MSPCA spokesperson Alyssa Muro said in a written statement, adding that Tarzan, who has not been claimed as missing, was not wearing an identification collar nor did he have a microchip. “He’s got a wonderful temperament and even when covered in tar he purred through multiple evaluations by our shelter veterinary staff. He likely was someone’s pet before he went missing. We’re glad the person who found him thought to bring him to us so we could remove the tar as the first step to getting him into a loving home.”

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12:03PM PST on Feb 23, 2014

Thank goodness for Angels who Rescue. Look forward to reading Tarzan's Update.

6:43AM PDT on Sep 9, 2013

What a lovely cat purring throughout his lengthy cleanup, it's like he was saying 'Thank you so much' and thank you to the caring person who caught him in time x

11:52PM PDT on Sep 4, 2013

Heartwarming, thank you.

11:52PM PDT on Sep 4, 2013

Heartwarming, thank you.

6:51AM PDT on Aug 26, 2013

Lucky for Tarzan that his good samaritan spotted what was happening to him and got him to someone who could help before he started trying to clean the tar from his fur himself. He sounds like a sweetie - maybe someone, somewhere is waiting for him to come home..but in any case, I hope Tarzan finds a loving, permanent home where he'll be happy.

5:56AM PDT on Aug 24, 2013

Great story!

5:48AM PDT on Aug 12, 2013

Thank you Laura, for Sharing this!

9:31AM PDT on Jul 15, 2013

Any update on how Tarzan is doing? Has he been adopted yet? I certainly hope to read so.

8:10AM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

6:13PM PDT on Jun 23, 2013

Thanks.

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