Real life Pikachu found in Thailand

Published August 25, 2020, 10:11 PM

by Jules Vivas

Clearly this is a yellow cat and the iconic Pokémon is technically a rat, but read on anyway to know the magic of turmeric

Photos from Thammapa Supamas‘ Facebook account

“Pikachu is real and it can be found in Thailand,” claim people raving on the internet about a cat that resembles one of the most famous pocket monsters out there.

Images and videos of domestic cats are some of the most viewed content on the web. ThoughtCatalog describes the adorable feline as the “unofficial mascot of the Internet.” So when people got hold of a photo of a bright yellow cat, it was inevitable that the image would blow up online.

If you’re concerned about the cat and why it has an odd yellow color, you have to understand that it is not a rare breed or an exotic animal in captivity, and it wasn’t dyed yellow for fun. The feline is simply covered in turmeric.

We know of turmeric as a spice commonly used in curry. It is frequently utilized to flavor or add color to mustard, butter, cheese, and of course curry powder. Aside from being useful in the kitchen, the plant has many other health benefits.

TURMERIC MAGIC Turmeric powder has a warm, bitter, black pepper-like flavor and earthy, mustard-like aroma

An efficient nutritional supplement, turmeric has various medicinal properties. It is normally used to treat hay fever, depression, high cholesterol, a type of liver disease, and itching. Others consume turmeric for heartburn, cognitive skills, inflammatory bowel disease, stress, and many other conditions, but there no concrete scientific evidence to support these uses.

One of the most common applications of turmeric is as treatment to conditions involving inflammation and pain, such as osteoarthritis. This is due to the fact that turmeric contains the chemical curcumin, which decreases swelling. And this leads us to the Pikachu at hand.

Thammapa Supamas from Thailand, used turmeric as a home remedy to cure her kitty’s fungal infection contracted in one of its limbs. 

The owner applied turmeric paste all over her pet and, as planned, the wound healed. The only side effect was that the once white cat turned yellow, but the animal’s fur will soon revert to its original color. In the end this was good news.

A word of caution: Some people believe that turmeric can help against Covid-19. There is no valid data to back up this claim. On the contrary, some experts say that turmeric may interfere with the body’s response against Covid-19, yet no strong data supports this claim, either. Better safe than sorry, and just stick to turmeric as an anti-inflammatory.