A cat trained to smuggle drugs made a daring escape from its detention at a high-security prison in Sri Lanka.
The cat was captured after being detected by jail intelligence officials on Saturday inside Welikada Prison, according to The Telegraph
. Officials discovered two grams of heroin, two SIM cards and a memory chip hidden inside a plastic bag in its collar.
Authorities believe the cat is owned by a group of drug traffickers that use animals to smuggle drugs and other illegal goods inside prisons, The Daily Beast
reported. They also believe the group is part of a cartel that was caught using an eagle to smuggle drugs in one of Sri Lanka’s capitals, Colombo, last week.
Police took the cat into custody in the hopes that it could lead them to the smugglers. However, the feline managed to escape from its holding room and through a fence after the guards went to feed it on Sunday.
Police said they did not search for the cat after its successful escape.
There has been a rise in smuggling illegal items inside the prison in recent weeks, the police said.
Many social media users were surprised by the news and shared short videos of cats escaping their cages.