WATCH ABOVE: A cat in Fairplay, Colorado weighs a whopping 25 pounds. Whitney Wild reports.
TORONTO – A pet supply and animal rescue shop in Colorado has seen business boom after images of its resident 25-pound cat went viral.
“Andre the Giant,” as he’s now known, was discovered as a stray in November by Good Samaritans in downtown Fairplay – a small town southeast of Denver – and brought to High Paw Pet Supplies and Animal Rescue of the Rockies.
News of a gigantic cat at the store quickly spread after a photo was shared online.
“We were getting calls from people in Georgia wanting to donate,” owner Miyuki Takeda told 9 News. “There was one offer over $5,000.”
Takeda eventually decided to adopt Andre herself and let him roam the shop as a regular. Just a few months later, he’s become a quasi-mascot.
According to one employee, the rescue service hadn’t had an adoption in three months. But December saw five adoptions after Andre arrived.
As for his size, Takeda and a veterinarian have yet to find an explanation.
“We think perhaps he has Savannah in him — those are huge cats,” Takeda said. However, the veterinarian noted that Andre is heavier than a typical Savannah cat.