A South African Pokémon Go community rallied together to save some adorable legendary creatures!
Johannesburg, South Africa – During a Pokémon walkabout at the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens in Emmarentia, a group of Pokémon Go players found four abandoned kittens left in the park.
“We are more than gamers, we are a community, and this is a true reflection of the strength of our community.”
Pokémon Go is an augmented reality (AR) mobile game developed and published by Niantic for iOS and Android devices. A part of the Pokémon franchise, it was first released in certain countries in July 2016, and in other regions over the next few months.
The game uses the mobile device GPS to locate, capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, which appear as if they are in the player’s real-world location.
Alex Felton, a Pokémon Go player, noticed a man walking with a pet carrier, stopping and then walking off. Felton left the game to check what the man had stopped for and found four little kittens left the park.
Felton immediately posted a pic of the kittens on his local Pokémon Go WhatsApp group, knowing that there are a lot of animal lovers, asking for advice. The group sprang into action and contacted everyone they could. Alex had walked to Emmarentia, and the kittens were quite frightened, so Brandon Robins, without hesitation, drove to the park to assist.
While the two Pokémon Go players ran around the park catching the little kittens, the WhatsApp group were busy putting plans in place to look after them!
The four little real-life “catches” are currently being fostered by Taryn Neuhaus, another Pokémon Go player who is also an animal lover!
“They might be staying for good if she has anything to say about it. They have been fed and are being kept warm and dry.”
To join the South African Pokémon Go community, click here.