An adventurous elderly cat somehow managed to make his way from Australia all the way to Northern Ireland, with a stopover in London — a distance of about 11,000 miles.
Named Ozzie by his rescuers, the 25-year-old ginger cat was found roaming the streets of Laurelvale, near County Armagh, Northern Ireland, last week and was brought to the Cats Protection center.
After they scanned Ozzie’s microchip, staff were shocked to discover that the feline was registered in Sydney, Australia, in 2000 by the name of “Tigger”.
1. A ginger cat, named Ozzie by his rescuers, was found wandering the streets of County Armagh, Northern Ireland. When vets checked his microchip they were stunned to find he was from Sydney, Australia.
It was also discovered that Ozzie was born in 1989, which means that he’s outlived the average cat’s lifespan by 10 years.
The microchip also told staff that Ozzie had been brought as a stray in a vet clinic in London in 2004 but they could trace no owner.
Volunteers have now launched a campaign on the Cats Protection Facebook page to learn how the feline turned up on the other side of the world from where he was born and the post has already been shared more than 20,000 times.
Cats Protection conjectures that Ozzie, who is currently on a drip after suffering kidney failure, was probably taken to London by his owner, before somehow managing to cross the Irish Sea to Northern Ireland.
2. The feline, whose real name is Tigger, traveled more than 10,550 miles from Sydney, Australia, to London, before somehow taking off another 450 miles to County Armagh in Northern Ireland.
Gillian McMullen, Cats Protection coordinator, said:
I responded to a call from a member of the public who was concerned about a poorly stray cat that had been hanging around her garden for several days.
The poor cat was starving but obviously had been cared for in the past because it was wearing a collar.
I took it to Willow Veterinary Clinic, Portadown, where we discovered it was microchipped and this is where the mystery begins. The cat had originally been microchipped in Australia.
In 2004 he turned up as a stray in a vet clinic in London, but no owners could be traced.
If only he could tell us about his life and how he got here.
McMullen said that her organization is pursuing a couple of leads and have their “paws crossed” on solving the case.
3. The Cats Protection Center is desperate to trace Ozzie’s owners and have launched an international appeal. The 25-year-old tomcat has suffered kidney failure and is currently on a drip.
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