Even the infinite patience of a Buddhist monk can be pushed to its limits. As evidenced by a video recorded on New Year’s Eve at the Wat Udomrangsi Buddhist temple in Bangkok, Thailand, all it takes is a persistent cat.
In the video, the monk tries to shoo the cat away gently while it stands on his right leg and kneads his shoulder. Rather, the cat crosses over the monk’s prayer book as it switches to his left leg and continues the own quest for enlightenment.
Eventually giving into the cat’s persistence, the monk begins petting the animal. A few scratches later, the cat reaches nirvana.
“I was trying to read the book. But I was more focused on the cat,” the monk, who uses the monastic name Luang Pi Komkrit Taechachoto, told Reuters.
Seated next to the young monk, a temple elder seemed less than pleased with the friendly feline, which jumped on stage about 15 minutes before midnight and lingered until after the crowd counted down to the new year.
Nophayong Sookphan, who recorded the video, posted it to Facebook where it soon went viral. According to Reuters, the original video has attracted hundreds of thousands of views and has been played on Thai TV.
Watch the video below to see how far this forward feline will go to get some attention.
In a country where 95% of the population practices Buddhism and compassion for all animals, there are unquestionably some happy cats, but there are also many living on the streets. According to the Bangkok Post, there were 350,000 stray dogs and cats in Thailand in 2007. By 2017, there were more than 860,000.
Free-roaming cats like those in the video are often found around Buddhist temples where they are fed, perhaps a little too much.
“They’re all fat,” the monk told Reuters.
Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.
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