S'pore resident mistakes furry object in mask vending machine for the tail of a trapped cat


Zhangxin Zheng | March 07, 2021, 09:43 PM

The operation team of Temasek Foundation's latest mask distribution effort attended to a rather bizarre case recently.

One concerned resident had reported that a cat could be trapped in a blue vending machine in the East.

Resident made a report about a cat being stuck in mask vending machine

Upon hearing this, the operation team quickly proceeded to investigate and a staff member went down to said vending machine to take a look.

Fortunately, it was a false alarm.

The staff took photos of the sight upon arriving at the vending machine: A furry stick that somewhat resembles a cat's tail sticking out near the dispenser.

via Ho Ching's Facebook.

Here's a close-up shot taken by the staff:

via Ho Ching's Facebook.

He sent the photos back to the team.

Not a cat

The staff added that he did not see or hear or smell anything at the vending machine.

After looking at the photos sent by the staff on the ground, a senior technician verified that it was definitely not a cat.

The stick was placed in the vending machine to prevent the reflection of signals from both drop sensors, which could cause interference.


Temasek's fourth round of mask distribution has begun.

It is available from now till Mar. 14, 11:59pm.

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Top image via Ho Ching's Facebook