An 18-year-old Wainuiomata man has claimed responsibility for shooting a cat through the head with a crossbow, but says it was an accident.
The story of Moo Moo the cat's brush with death made international headlines after he was found with a crossbow bolt through his head above his eye on Monday afternoon.
Vets at Massey University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital were able to remove the arrow, and Moo Moo, while looking a bit battered, survived without brain damage or eye injury.
Police spokesman Nick Bohm said the man went to police yesterday, and told officers that the cat had darted into the path of the arrow when he was shooting at another target.
Officers are still investigating the incident and considering whether or not charges are appropriate because of the differing versions of events. They have seized the crossbow, Bohm said.
Moo Moo's owner, Donna Ferrari, said that the man's mother had called her after a leaflet drop in the neighbourhood, telling her she would take her son to police, and praised her for fronting up.
However, Ferrari also said it was disappointing the person responsible was 18, because "someone of that age should know better".
She and the police were organising a meeting with the man and his mother to discuss what happened.
Moo Moo is still at the vet, and while recovering well, would not be home until Saturday afternoon at the earliest.
- The Dominion Post