WINK-TV meteorologist Dylan Federico has broken a cardinal rule of the internet by failing to even attempt to rescue a cat that was stranded on a bench as Hurricane Ian flooded the area.
The internet seemed to unify for the evening, as people from all across the political spectrum joined in shaming him.
In a now-deleted tweet, Federico posted a video of the drenched and stranded kitten with the caption, “Storm surge is rising rapidly outside WINK News. A kitten is on the bench trying to escape the water. The doors are locked but we’re trying to get the kitten inside.”
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After being swarmed with backlash, Federico tweeted, “Right after the video was posted we attempted to get to the cat but it swam in a different direction out of view. I waited to post an update in hopes we could grab it. Please take your companions with you when you evacuate.”
While he claimed he tried to get the kitten, a photo posted afterwards showed him in perfectly dry attire.
Also look at this posted after…… perfect dry suit and perfectly white dry shoes….. well you all get the picture pic.twitter.com/ez3QGZRKRd
— Becca Furnish (@Becca_Furnish) September 28, 2022
You’re telling us that tiny, frozen in fear kitten jumped in the water and swam? You grab the cat first, not the camera!
— BobK (@frawgleggz) September 28, 2022
You’re saying the water advanced that high that quickly so that the cat had no choice but to swim?
Not buying that.
— JCrow (@jlc225) September 28, 2022
People also noted that coworkers of his were leaving through the parking garage, and he could have walked outside that way.
— Sunny McSunnyface (@sunnyright) September 28, 2022
Louisiana meteorologist Ashley Ruiz said that a coworker of Federico told her that the cat was dead.
“One of my coworkers worked at WINK and she texted a friend there asking if the kitten got saved. Their reply was ” I don’t think so. ” and then “It didn’t survive.” 😭😭😭😭😭😭 Is this true?!?!” she tweeted at Federico.
She also called B.S. on his claim that the cat jumped into the water and swam away.
I imagine it was washed away. Hopefully it was able to find a higher spot. A kitten taking refuge from rising water wouldn’t jump into rising water 😔
— Ashley Ruiz (@AshleyRuizWx) September 29, 2022
“I imagine it was washed away. Hopefully it was able to find a higher spot. A kitten taking refuge from rising water wouldn’t jump into rising water 😔” Ruiz tweeted.