George's Fat Cat needs new home
ONE OF Hervey Bay's most famous felines needs a new home.
The tragic death last month of popular restaurateur George Kotis stunned the region and amidst the sombre fallout from his highway death is Fat Cat.
Almost anyone who ever tucked into some feta cheese and olives at George's Al Fresco Greek Restaurant on Charles Street will be familiar with the bulky ball of fur that weaved beneath the tables and chairs, brushing against the legs of diners.
“He's so friendly. He just loves people.
“He loves food too. They should have called him Garfield,” Tina Wheatcroft, a long-time friend of George Kotis, said. “He kind of wandered in to the hostel about eight years ago and George took to him straight away.”
The hostel was the Kookaburra Resort, a popular backpacker haunt, where George's Greek Restaurant was developed in recent years.
Visitors from Europe, Asia, United States and Africa were hugely impressed by Fat Cat's ability to lie on his back and balance a beer can on his paws.
The photographs zipped around the world.
“He's finding it a bit stressful now,” Tina said.
“All of the former employees are worried what will happen to Fat Cat now.
“The hostel is closed and there is no one there to look after him.”
The premises will go up for auction inside the next four weeks and the clearing out process is well under way.
George's grieving wife is believed to be leaving the area and the call has gone out for a cat lover to come forward and give Fat Cat a new home.
“He's so people orientated,” Tina said.
“He knows there's something going on and I think he's a little depressed too.”
Marie Barnes of Fraser Coast Pet Warriors was keeping an eye on Fat Cat's lonely wellbeing at the restaurant-resort over the weekend but she is hoping someone will come forward today.
She has asked that prospective owners be willing to make one room a little den for Fat Cat. Anyone interested in helping out can contact Marie on 0407 371 538.