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Potato has not fully shaken off trauma yet

RESCUED: A foreign worker saves Potato from a water-logged drain in Toa Payoh.
Potato has not fully shaken off trauma yet

HAPPY HOME: Mr Hwang and Ms Ooi (top right) adopted Potato last December, without knowing that it was saved from drowning.


    Feb 10, 2016

    Potato has not fully shaken off trauma yet

    ON NOV 27, cat interest group Yishun 326 Tabby cat posted videos of a foreign worker climbing into a drain full of water to rescue a ginger cat which was struggling to keep afloat.

    Personnel from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) arrived later and helped the worker out with a ladder, The Straits Times reported.

    Now, that cat has been named Potato and found a loving home with engineer John Hwang, 34, and his manager wife Celine Ooi, 32.

    The couple adopted Potato on Dec 23 last year through cat rescuer Snowy Tan.

    Mr Hwang told My Paper that they were unaware of Potato's viral story, and adopted it as it was "love at first sight".

    "It's something I cannot put into words," he said.

    "My wife and I just totally loved him. We had an affinity with him, we just felt that he was the one."

    Potato, who is estimated to be about a year old, is believed to have been abandoned, Mr Hwang said.

    He added that he grew up with cats in the Toa Payoh area, where Potato was rescued from the drain.

    Asked how Potato was adapting to his new home, Mr Hwang said the feline is doing well and is a very friendly cat. However, it seems to be still recovering from the trauma of the drain incident as it "does stop in his tracks when I flush the toilet".