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Baktus, a famous feline who lives in the downtown Reykjavík clothing store Gyllti Kotturinn and boasts over 7,000 followers on Instagram, had a whirlwind day on Thursday, Vísir reports. First, Baktus was reported missing, then he was spotted being catnapped, then an award was offered for his return, then he clawed his way free from the alleged kidnapper, then he escaped from a moving car, and finally, he was returned home to his frantic owners: all within the space of twelve hours.

Baktus’ “hoomans” reported him missing via a post on Instagram when he didn’t return to Gyllti Kotturinn on Austurstræti like he does “every single day when he is not in the shop overnight.” Later the same day, a disturbing update was posted. “A man was seen picking him up at klapparstígur and taking him into a car,” read the same Instagram post. “[H]e drove him to fífusel in Breiðhollt where baktus escaped the car and ran off, please keep a lookout, a big reward will be given to anyone who finds him, he is easy to approach and hold.”

The post received 94 shares on the Facebook page Cats of Reykjavík and was liked 814 times on Instagram; the outpouring of concern was fervent and nearly instantaneous.

“Oh no!” wrote Instagram user @ tanjasiriuskind. “[…] Cats are so curious, my cat once didn’t return in the morning and I looked and asked all my neighbors! After one day I found him locked in a garage of one of my neighbors, the neighbor didn’t notice, that our cat went in. So maybe Baktus is also accidentally locked somewhere…”

“omg that’s absolutely terrible!” wrote @ rachaelxgeorge. “Why would anyone do that to him. Some evil people in the world. I hope he is found soon.”

“Oh no!!” echoed @ punchingpumpkins. “I’m flying out today and wanted to meet him! I hope he is ok!!”

With cat lovers on alert all over the capital, Baktus was luckily spotted safe and sound the same day.

“He is found !!” read an ecstatic comment posted by @baktusthecat. “Was found wandering in the same spot he escaped the man that took him, a stranger was petting him when his owner saw him, sweet trusting baktus. Thank you everyone for your help!”

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