Koko the Cat Awarded by Police for Leading to Rescue of Elderly Man

A cat in the Japanese city of Toyama was honored by the local police force for leading to the rescue of an elderly man stuck in a canal last June 16.

Image Credit: Japan Times

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A 77-year-old woman was taking an evening walk at around 7:30 pm when she noticed Koko the cat staring into a canal and acting strangely. She decided to check what Koko was observing and discovered a man lying on his back in water about 15-centimeters-deep. The canal was 60-cm-wide and 40-cm-deep.

The woman got help from her 48-year-old daughter living in the area and Koko’s owner, 45-year-old Tomoko Nitta. Nitta’s 20-year-old and 18-year-old sons also joined in aiding the man. Together, the 5 of them lifted the man out of the canal.

Luckily, the man only suffered some scrapes.

Image Credit: Japan Times

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Toyama Minami Police Station honored the 5 neighbors with certificates of commendation while Koko received cat food. Satoshi Nakada, chief of the police station, said the “bonds among local residents, including the cat, saved a man’s life.”

Nitta said of her heroic cat: “I want to tell her well-done, as (her discovery of the man) led to his rescue.”

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