4 May 2010

Man marries cat

8:01 pm on 4 May 2010

A German newspaper is reporting that a man unofficially married his cat after the animal fell ill and vets told him it might not live much longer.

Bild says Uwe Mitzscherlich, 39, paid an actress $540 dollars to officiate at the ceremony, as marrying an animal is illegal in Germany.

Mr Mitzscherlich is reported as saying that he wanted to tie the knot before his asthmatic cat Cecilia died.

The cat and groom have lived together for 10 years.

"Cecilia is such a trusting creature," Mr Mitzscherlich, a postman from the eastern town of Possendorf, told Bild. "We cuddle all the time and she has always slept in my bed."

Christin-Maria Lohri, who married the couple, was quoted as saying: "At first I thought it was a joke. But for Mr Mitzscherlich it's a dream come true."