Stray cat now 'prime suspect' in attempted murder of elderly woman
Japanese police investigating an attempted murder of woman aged 82 now suspect that a stray cat may be the cause of the severe wounds inflicted on the victim.
According to Sky News, a woman named Mayuko Matsumoto was found with about 20 cuts to her face in her home in southern Japan.
Her daughter told local media that she found her mother covered in blood and police launched an attempted murder probe after seeing the nature of the wounds.
Ms Matsumato was taken to hospital for emergency treatment and was reportedly unable to speak about the incident.
Investigators could find no evidence of a forced entry to the victim's home and they now suspect that the injuries were caused by a cat.
It has been reported that police found what they believe to be human blood on a stray cat found near the victim's home.
Tests are now being carried out on the blood to verify where it came from.