Spectators, players and coaches in England were taken by surprise after a feline decided to jump into a Premier League match between Liverpool and Tottenham Monday night.
The kitty ran onto the field at Liverpool’s Anfield about ten minutes into the match. He sauntered around Toteenham’s penalty area while goalkeeper Brad Friedel looked on incredulously.
The tabby then sat down on the field, seemingly unfazed by the 44,000 fans surrounding him, chanting “a cat, a cat, a cat, a cat.”
After a few minutes the cat decided his time on the field was over and walked over to the sidelines, where he was captured by a steward.
The game ended with a 0-0 score, and many started saying that the mystery cat was the most interesting part of the game.
A Twitter account for “Anfield Cat” quickly sprung up, gaining over 40,000 followers. Tweets include: “milk is so expensive at football stadiums, its’s an epic swindle #anfieldcat #meow,” with some making jabs at players. “in my 3 minute cameo I’ve ran past more players than Stewart Downing has all season #anfieldcat #meow,” he said, also posting: “david de gea has promised friends he will catch me if I show face this weekend. he’s made no promise about catching the ball.”
So who is this cat?
According to the Daily Mail, Darren Eden says that the feline is the son of his pet cat, Pako.
“My son was watching the match in the pub and he texted me saying that our Pako’s baby was on the pitch,” he told the newspaper. Eden said that he puts out milk for the cat, who he now named “Kenny” after the Liverpool manager.
Darren Eden, 45, said he regularly put out milk for the cat, which from now he will call ‘Kenny’ after the Liverpool manager.
Other locals said that the cat is a regular around Anfield, but this is the first time he was seen inside the stadium.
Kenny isn’t the first feline footballer. The Daily Mail reported that a tuxedo cat ran the length of Liverpool’s pitch in August 1964.