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  • 20 March 2013, 10:23

Row over Brit's stuffed cat auction

Stuffed cat /Ext

A British man has upset animal lovers in New Zealand by turning a roadkill cat into a rug and selling it online for more than 500.

Taxidermist Andrew Lancaster found the large male cat on the side of the road on his way home from a concert last month.

"I thought 'that's a pretty nice looking cat', did a U-turn and picked it up,'' he told the New Zealand Herald.

Mr Lancaster, an ex-pat who lives in Tauranga, said he thought the cat must have been "run straight over'' as its skin was relatively undamaged.

Interest in the cat had "gone ballistic'' after he listed on New Zealand's equivalent of eBay as a "great little gift for the mancave''.

He specialises in unusual stuffed animal creations and previous works include a possum-headed chicken with vampire teeth, and a small bird with the head of a child's doll.

Despite his latest creation, he usually stays away from working on pets like cats and dogs.

"It puts a lot of people's backs up. If someone has known their pet all their life, it's very hard to get it right when you work on them.''

Eliot Pryor, from animal advocacy organisation SAFE, said the sale of the cat was in "extremely bad taste''.

"But there is also something distasteful about the attitude shown to an animal once it has died, as the description is light hearted and not respectful.''