The liquid asphalt spill at a tank terminal in Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada last month could reportedly have resulted in the death of up to 14 local cats.
The McAsphalt Industries plant suffered a leak on 22 December, spilling around $1 million (760,000) worth of asphalt on to the ground.
When Tank Storage Magazine reported the incident at the time, it was said that the spill was quickly cleaned up to prevent it hardening and that the safety containment system did its job.
However, reports today from the Calgary Sun suggest several local cats have been reported missing, with one of them found in a pool of hot asphalt that had spilled into a dry moat surrounding the tanks. The animal was rescued alive from the liquid and was taken to a vet, but died from its burns. McAsphalt reportedly paid the bill.
The newspaper said that seven cats were confirmed missing, but as many as 14 could be gone.