A painted bunting that's recently endeared itself to Brooklyn birders got a helping hand in recent days. It seems a cat was getting a bit too interested in the celebrity bird, so a local group captured the feline before the bunting could meet an untimely end.
The brightly colored bunting in Brooklyn's Prospect Park is considered well outside its normal range, which is usually well south of New York. Its dazzling plumage and bird-out-of-water story has sent birders, er, flocking to catch a glimpse of it.
Luckily for the local feathered friend, it was aided by Prospect Park Alliance, which trapped the curious cat in a humane "Have-a-Heart" enclosure.
The cat, a black-and-white domestic short-hair, was taken to a nearby animal rescue center, according to the Brooklyn Bird Club. It will be held for adoption if it is not claimed by its owners. (It's not clear whether the feline is a stray or a house cat that staged an escape or was purposely let out.)
So it looks like a win-win: The beautiful bird was saved from a potentially grim outcome, and a possible stray cat now has a chance at a loving home.