Mervat Cuiti will be certain to check through her luggage more carefully the next time she packs for a trip. Cuiti accidentally locked her Persian cat, Bijou, inside one of her suitcases when she travelled from Cairo recently to visit her sister in Great Britain.
She was already sitting in a taxicab on her way to her sister’s apartment in Nottinghamshire when relatives alerted her that the cat was missing and may have accidentally become a stowaway on her trip.
According to the Dail Mail, Cuiti insisted that the taxi driver open the luggage storage compartment and she opened her luggage with dread, only to be pleasantly surprised to find that Bijou had survived the 3400 mile trip. Because the piece of luggage Bijou crawled into was held in the cargo hold of the plane, veterinarians said her safe arrival was miraculous.
Mike Binks, owner of the centre, described the cat’s adventure as a ‘miracle’.
He said: ‘She’s a healthy, happy, laid-back Persian who likes sitting outside in the sunshine.
‘I’ve never heard anything quite like it before. Apparently she was fine and when the bag was opened was like “well this is comfortable, if a bit different”.’
He added: ‘I spent 21 years working for British Airways before I did this and in holds you get the same air as you get upstairs but it’s not circulated or heated.
‘But if you think about it she would have been well insulated with all the other bags around her and she’s very furry with a massive coat.
‘In my experience cats and dogs have got into holds and its just luck whether or not they survive.’
Because Bijou was now in a foreign country, she has been placed in quarantine for several months.
Sausalito, California Cat Returns After Nine Years
It’s not every day that a pet finds its home after nine years. However, Dara Gerson’s Siamese cat Vanilla finally returns after years of absence.
This feline pet originally ran off after being chased by a Sausalito, California neighborhood dog. After that, the owner put up posters of her pet on just about every nearby street. After Gerson’s daughters spend weeks looking for Vanilla, it did not seem as if this animal was going to ever return home-at least not alive.
“We lived in Sausalito and my older daughter was holding the cat, and somebody had a dog that scared the cat and the cat ran out of her arms,” owner Dara Gerson told ABCNews.com. “We put up posters and asked everyone in the neighborhood and never found him. But we never gave up hope. I’m a pretty intuitive person and assumed he was still alive.”
However, one day Gerson receives a phone call after almost a decade of missing her cat. This cell phone number of hers was retrieved from microchip scanned by an animal shelter.
It turns out that the feline had been living six hours away with an elderly man. For how long Vanilla the Cat was living with him is unclear because this gentlemen now has dementia.
“We don’t know how he got Vanilla at all, but we took him into custody because his then owner wasn’t able to take care of him,” said Kristen Hall, a worker with Animal Care and Control.
“Whenever an animal comes in, we scan them for microchips. Vanilla had a microchip and it did not match up to the person he had been living with, which was the man that had been hospitalized. But it matched up to Dara, who had the same cellphone as all those years ago.”
Cat survives 3,400 mile journey after she travelled inside owner’s bag from Cairo to London stacked in plane’s luggage hold