ONE OF THESE THINGS IS NOT LIKE THE OTHER:
What do these things have in common?
You might guess that, given only the first 3, two young girls would post photos and videos of their kitten. Type “kitten” into the search field of any social media website and you will get hundreds, if not thousands, of links. Teenaged girls and a kitten are a recipe for a cute post.
Sadly, the 4th item on our list – Microwave Oven – changes everything. “Microwave” clearly does not belong and, by its inclusion, the story takes a dark turn.
On Thursday, September 5th, police in South Portland, Maine began to receive calls about a Twitter post from concerned citizens. I cannot imagine the conversations, but would guess that the information was first met with disbelief, then disgust and finally revulsion.
Two 15 year old girls, students at South Portland High School, posted a video on Twitter of themselves. And a kitten. And the microwave. And yes, they put her in the microwave. And turned it on. When the video was deemed complete, they posted it to a Twitter account.
The kitten, who has been renamed Miracle, has been taken to the Greater Portland Animal Refuge League in Westbrook (www.arlgp.org). She is receiving medical care and could be available for adoption within a week. To look at her you would never know what she has been through. Miracle is adorable; she’s 110% Cute Kitten. The kind of cute you would expect to see on any Social Media website when you type “kitten” into that search box.
• Miracle will find a loving home. In all likelihood, there will be a list of willing adopters long before she is cleared for adoption.
• The girls – who have not been publicly named due to their age – will, it is expected, be held accountable and punished for their actions.
• The people who took that extra step to alert law enforcement will know that their concern saved Miracle’s life.
• And we are left to wonder … WHY.
Support the Greater Portland Animal Refuge League – visit www.arlgp.org.
Local television station WMTW posted their coverage at www.wmtw.com and http://www.wmtw.com/news/maine/portland/2-teens-investigated-on-allegati... They did NOT air the Twitter post but did an exceptional job of highlighting what you would have expected to find when accessing a post about kittens … beautiful, innocent Miracle.