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Global Voices Unofficial Mascot Loses Left Eye

An unofficial mascot of Global Voices bloggers known as “GV Ferret” lost his left eye in a fight with a cat on Wednesday night in Boston. Images of the furry, yellow creature wearing an eye patch and bandages surfaced on Facebook soon after.

"Who turned off the light?" said the Ferret

"Who turned off the light?" said the Ferret

“I hate cats,” tweeted @gvferret on Friday, still hurting from his injuries, and wondering when he would be fit to travel and read his favorite website once more.

Bloggers were on the scene at the time of the incident and were able to catch this shot of the feline attack. Rumor has it the cat belongs to Jillian C. York, a prolific blogger on Global Voices.

"I thought you were my friend," cried the Ferret.

"I thought you were my friend," cried the Ferret.

From Miami to the World

GV Ferret first started following in the footsteps of Global Voices in Miami earlier this year. A delegation of bloggers attended a conference called WeMedia in February, and in their spare time they taught the furry creature how to blog, take digital photos, and tweet.

He learned fast.

Soon he was visiting bloggers in Guatemala, Japan, Egypt, Thailand, the Netherlands, and New York. He even signed up with Dopplr so his friends around the world could follow him.

Eddie, Yazan, Hanako, Chris, Jannie, GV Ferret, Rafik

Tokyo: Eddie, Yazan, Hanako, Chris, Jannie, GV Ferret, Rafik

New York: Juhie, Solana, Jillian, Anas, Lova

New York: Juhie, Solana, Jillian, Anas, Lova

Cairo: Ndesanjo

Cairo: Ndesanjo

Amsterdam: Jeremy, GV Ferret, Percy

Amsterdam: Jeremy, GV Ferret, Percy

Still going strong

“I had a small accident. I'm okay, but like @ethanz I'll be wearing an eyepatch for awhile,” tweeted GV Ferret on Friday referring to the interesting coincidence that Global Voices co-founder Ethan Zuckerman is currently recovering from eye surgery as well.

GV Ferret appears not to have updated his Dopplr account recently, which means there is no telling where he will show up next.




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