The little stray cat had been hanging around the police station for days. And although the cops were fond of her, they had no idea why she seemed so attached to the building. But then all of a sudden they realized the reason why, and their police station was never the same again.
Molang the cat first met the police officers in Busan, South Korea, under tragic circumstances. In 2015 a litter of her kittens had been killed in a terrible car accident. And when cops arrived at the scene, they took the time to bury the babies while their grieving mom watched on.
However, months passed and the officers thought nothing of their good deed. That was until 2016 when the Gang-seo Police station received a surprise visitor. And sure enough, it was the mother cat from the road incident the year before.
Amazingly, the police officers working that night were the very same ones who had buried Molang’s babies. And unfortunately the kitty appeared to be in distress as she meowed loudly at the guards. However, there was no obvious reason why she would need help.
Nevertheless, the cops decided against shooing the feline away. Instead, they decided to let her hang out at the station, where they soon gave her the name “Molang.” The word means “don’t know” because the officers knew nothing about the cat or where she’d come from.
Molang soon made herself at home at the station and the officers loved having her around. However, they discovered that the little cat was hiding a big secret after all. And the revelation forced the cops to make a few changes to their station.
That’s because Molang was expecting kittens. But rather than throw the pregnant cat onto the streets, the police decided to do all they could to help. In fact, they even created a makeshift delivery room in the station’s guard post in preparation for the birth.
And when the time came, the officers were on hand to help with the actual delivery too. They made sure that Molang was comfortable as could be and actually helped cut the umbilical cord. During the labor, Molang welcomed four perfect little kittens.
Since their birth, the kittens and their mom have become the unofficial mascots of the police station. And like many moms, Molang balances parenthood with her work commitments. In fact, she often joins her two-legged friends to guard the station entrance.
And in return for her dedication, the cops made sure to look after Molang and her family. They provided them with food and shelter. Furthermore, officers began to use their breaks as an excuse to play with the kittens while their mom kept guard.
And it wasn’t long before the fur babies decided to follow in their dedicated mom’s footsteps. So now, every time Molang goes off to work her four tiny kittens are quick to follow. Public service, it seems, runs in the family for these felines!
The family’s efforts didn’t go unnoticed by Molang’s colleagues either. And so the police officers decided to do something to honor the felines’ services. And what they thought up was nothing short of amazing. To them, it was only right that the kitties received the highest possible honor.
So in April 2016 Molang was awarded with her very own police uniform. The snazzy jacket was complete with gold trim and even featured a name badge. And in images taken at the official ceremony, the feline posed proudly in her new clothes.
And Molang wasn’t the only one the cops honored either. As an extra surprise, police also gave each of the four kittens matching uniforms. And so the four-legged family have gone from being homeless to being respected members of the local police department.
However, while police cats seem like quite a novel idea, dogs have been used in law enforcement for hundreds of years. Police dogs as we know them today first emerged around 150 years ago. And police departments now use canines to fight crime across the globe.
And while using cats for law enforcement is largely unheard of, one force in England recently confirmed they were planning on adding a cat to their ranks. In 2016, five-year-old Eliza Adamson-Hopper wrote to her local police department asking why they seemed to favor dogs over cats. However, the response she got shocked her.
“I can confirm that the force is looking into recruiting what we believe would be the first UK police cat,” said Inspector Richie Allen from Durham Constabulary’s Dog Support Unit. “Their duties and responsibilities have not yet been agreed but if nothing else they will become the force mascot. Of course if it smells a rat we’ll expect it to catch it,” he said.
The police officers at Busan went above the call of duty when it came to Molang. And if it wasn’t for them, her most recent litter of kittens may have succumbed to the same fate as her last. Because not only did the cops welcome the felines into their station, they also invited them into their family.