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Woman's corpse gnawed by cats in Russia

Aug. 2, 2011 at 11:23 AM

ABAKAN, Russia, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Authorities in Russia say cats chewed on the corpse of an 85-year-old woman after her daughter left the body in a locked room with the animals.

Police in Siberia said the daughter, who is said to have a drinking problem, covered her mother's body with a blanket and locked it in a room after discovering the woman had died on July 13.

"The cats chewed off parts of [the woman's] feet, hand, nose and so on," a police spokesperson in the town of Abakan in the remote mountain region of Khakassia told RIA Novosti Tuesday.

The dead woman's granddaughter discovered the body on July 28.

A cause of death had not yet been determined, authorities said.

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