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German Weatherman Gets a Feline Surprise

In the good old days it wasn’t uncommon to see some pretty creative props employed by weathermen and women, but most of them were intentional and few of them were alive.

A cat puts its paws up on a sheet of glass.

Cats across Germany are begging to audition as the weathercat's understudy

A cat became an unwitting co-star of Germany's leading meteorologist Joerg Kachelmann as he was giving the live weather report this week. The feline wandered onto the stage just and began rubbing up against the weatherman's leg and waving its tail in front of the camera.

Like a true professional, Kachelmann wasn't fazed by this surprise appearance. He simply reached down and picked the cat, whose name is Lupin, and finished his forecast without missing a beat.

"I don't know how he got into the studio," Kachelmann told Reuters news agency, adding Lupin belonged to a staffer who was out of town.

"I noticed him when he rubbed against my leg and thought people might wonder what was happening. I figured it would be easier to control the cat by picking him up. Cats get annoyed if they feel ignored. So I made sure he didn't feel ignored."

There is no news about whether or not the accidental “weathercat” will be making a repeat performance.

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