PHILADELPHIA (AP) — For bicyclist Rudi Saldia, you could say a cat is his co-pilot.
Saldia often buzzes around Philadelphia with his tabby Mary Jane perched on his shoulder. Their urban adventures have turned heads on the street and garnered big hits on YouTube.
The 26-year-old bike courier didn’t intend to become Internet-famous. He originally shot footage of their outings only to prove to his mom that he was taking MJ for a spin.
The first video, which he posted last October, has more than 1.2 million views on YouTube. Saldia made it using a GoPro sports camera mounted on his bike.
GoPro later contacted Saldia to get permission to use the footage in a camera ad, which was posted online last month.