PROSPECT PARK — No more bunting hunting for this kitty.
In the last few days, the black and white kitty had been seen prowling around the roof of the park’s Lakeside skating rink where a single male Painted Bunting — a special type of cardinal typically seen far south of New York — has taken up residence, enchanting crowds of bird watchers who have come to see the “unicorn”-like sight.
The Prospect Park Alliance said a member of the group’s landscape management team captured the cat at about 9 a.m. Wednesday using a humane metal trap set up near the bunting’s hang-out spot.
The kitty was then turned over to the Kensington-based Sean Casey Animal Rescue that worked in conjunction with park staff to take care of the feline culprit, an Alliance spokeswoman said.
“He may be a little embarrassed, but is unharmed,” read a Facebook post about the kitty’s capture by the Brooklyn Bird Club, an association of local birders.
It’s unclear if the cat is a stray or a domestic cat on the loose. But the Alliance said the Sean Casey shelter will take care of the animal moving forward and, if necessary, put it up for adoption for anyone interested in taking in the prowling pet.