Two US teenage girls may face animal cruelty charges after a video emerged online of them giggling as they put a kitten in a microwave.
The kitten survived the ordeal, however, and now adoption offers and well wishes have been pouring in from all over the world to the animal shelter now caring for the feline.
The harrowing video, uploaded to Twitter last Friday, shows two 15-year-old girls from South Portland in Maine put the eight-week-old cat inside a microwave before quickly closing the door and turning it on.
The footage sparked outrage as it circulated around the community of South Portland and soon police were investigating.
The girls, who attend the same local high school, received a summons yesterday to appear in court as local prosecutors consider whether to lay charges.
It is not known how long the kitten was in the microwave, but South Portland Police's Lieutenant Frank Clark told local media: "We take these sorts of cases seriously".
The cat's owner agreed to hand over the pet to animal welfare officers, who placed it in the care of the Animal Rescue League.
A spokeswoman for the League, Lynne McGee, said the kitten had been renamed Miracle and appeared to be in good health.
"She's eating normally, she seems to be in fine shape," she said.
Author: Erin Tennant, Approving editor: Fiona Willan