The conductor wasn't having it.
A poor cat has learned the hard way not to board a train without having a ticket, a common problem on many public transportation systems. Usually, however, it's a human who hops on the train or bus without a ticket, not a cat. There's just no such thing as a free ride. The scene was captured by a passenter who was traveling in the north-western region of Inner Mongolia in China. The cat's name is unknown, but you can see him being walked from the train carriage by a non-nonsense ticket inspector who had no qualms about tossing the errant passenger out of the train.
Seeing his little black pas tap shamefully along the floor during his forced removal has tickled some animal lovers, but many, like myself, are more concerned about what becomes of the poor little guy, who was probably just looking for a warm spot to rest for a bit. The amature videographer shared the video to TikTok joking, "[It] refused to make up the ticket and [was] forced to get off the bus." Perhaps the cat was meowing too lound and made itself known, or maybe even spreading itself out over two reserved seats, some speculate. However, he looks like a very nice cat and we're hoping he finds a home with someone.
One person commented that "the cat mus have thought it could pay for a ticket with its overloading cuteness." No one knows anything about the cat, or where it got off to when it got the boot from the train. Most people believe it's a stray, although sharp-eyed cat lovers noted that it looked very neat and well-kept, much more so than a stray would look. Someone suggested it was probably someone's pet who ended up getting lost somehow. Another noted that a stray would never let you touch it as this man was able to do.
According to the dog-friendly travel site Travelnuity, pets aren't allowed to travel inside trains in China unless they're guide dogs. Animals who need to travel with their owners have to be consigned as checked baggage, which is how it mostly is in the U.S. on airline flights. Watch the video below.