These images showing a cat in the intensive care unit of an Ecuadorian hospital have caused outrage.
The images were reportedly filmed in the Teodoro Maldonado Carbo public hospital, in the coastal city of Guayaquil, in western-central Ecuador.
They have been confirmed as genuine by the hospital, according to local media.
The footage shows the cat perched on top of a partition between two patients in the ward.
The cat remains quite motionless despite all of the beeping and other noises going on in the intensive care unit.
The images caused outrage after being shared online because intensive care units need to remain as sterile as possible as they are geared towards treating people with serious conditions.
The hospital reportedly told local media that the cat had entered the intensive care last weekend through a ventilation duct. They also claimed that after they realised the cat was there, they quickly removed it and made sure the area was disinfected.
The hospital described the incident as “unfortunate”.
But this did not stop the footage from reportedly going viral on social media, with netizens criticising the hospital.
There have reportedly been several colonies of stray cats that have been spotted in the city of Guayaquil, according to local media.
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