Story By: Scott Feng, Sub-Editor: Jamie King, Agency: Asia Wire Report
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This viral video with nearly three million views shows a man kicking a sunbathing cat down an embankment into a river.
The incident was captured by CCTV cameras in Shantou’s Chenghai District in South China’s Guangdong Province.
The footage viewed just shy of three million times on China’s Twitter-like microblogging platform Sina Weibo shows the unnamed man coming across the animal as it lies sunbathing underneath a stone barrier.
The man stares at the cat for a few moments before kicking it with his left foot, causing the feline to roll off the pavement and down the embankment into the water.
The culprit then walks away, even appearing to be smirking as he does so.
The cat rolled into the river but was fortunately able to free itself thanks to the sloped embankment.
The video shows it sprinting back up and running out of camera shot, leaving a trail of water behind it.
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It is unclear at the time of writing whether the cat had an owner.
Social media users have left hundreds of comments criticising the man’s actions, which have been described as “vile”.
‘Daimeng Xinxin’ wrote: “I’d love to give him a kick into the river.”
‘Daoyuyue’ added: “Real men don’t abuse animals or women.”