This Might Be the Biggest Reward Ever for Missing Pets

Michigan owners offer $100K in bitcoin after 4 felines go missing after fire
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2017 8:47 AM CST
In a Sept. 13, 2017 file photo, Will Powers holds his cat Arcturus Aldebaran Powers in Farmington Hills, Mich.   (Edward Pevos/Ann Arbor News via AP, File)

(Newser) – The owners of four cats that went missing after a house fire last month are getting reports of sightings in their Detroit-area neighborhood—and they're offering a lucrative reward to anyone who can help get one or all safely home. One odd twist: two of the cats are in the Guinness Book of World Records, notes the Detroit Free Press. Will and Lauren Powers are offering $25,000 apiece, to be paid in bitcoin, for the return of Arcturus, Cygnus, Sirius, and Yuki. It just so happens that Cygnus has a tail 17.5 inches long, a world record for a domestic cat, while Arcturus stands 20.1 inches tall, another world record.

"Sirius, Arcturus and Cygnus have all been sighted lately, but no sightings of Yuki who lived on the second floor," say the couple in a Facebook post. "The boys are out there, and we need to find them before they freeze!" The Washington Post notes that this could be the biggest reward ever offered for a pet, surpassing a $20,000 offer posted in California earlier this year. It's not clear how the bitcoin payout would work, especially given that the digital currency is poised for a volatile ride soon.

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