Traps strategically placed throughout a popular park sparked a wave of speculation over what they were intending to capture.
Bringing an end to the wagging tongues, the vet responsible for planting the traps has explained why they were distributed.
The traps scattered throughout Sydney Park, in the city’s inner west, were spread throughout the area after several locals reported sightings of stray kittens and their suspected mum.
While vets typically don’t have the capacity to take on strays for treatment, the Southern Cross Veterinary Clinic has recently dedicated its resources to the cause.
After being informed of the mother cat being spotted in “a very poor condition”, vets began the process of trapping the animals and taking them in for examinations.
They checked for microchips to see if the cats had been lost, conducted vet checks, administered flea control medication and ran blood tests to check for feline AIDS.
The cats will also all be vaccinated and rehabilitated.
“We can't always take strays in, but when we do have capacity, like now, we love to accommodate and rehabilitate,” the vet wrote to Facebook.
Many people expressed their gratitude for the vet’s efforts in comments to their post, some passing on information about their own sightings.
“Such a great thing you’re all doing. There are also at least seven stray cats living around the corner of Henry Street and Belmore Street in Tempe by the railway line. They look like they could really use your help too,” one person wrote.
“This is so great! We saw two Monday night in the Princes Highway carpark,” another wrote.
The vet clinic also runs an organisation called Project HoPe, which provides care to pets of homeless people to ensure they’re “afforded the same quality healthcare we all want for our family”.
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