米で不明の子猫が3700キロの「長旅」、袋の中から発見

米南西部ニューメキシコ州アルバカーキで行方不明となった子猫が、約3700キロ離れた北東部メーン州で発見され、動物保護施設に収容された。

子猫はスパイスという名前で、地元のカトリック系慈善事業のため家具を荷卸ししていた男性が、5日にダッフル地の袋の中から発見。11日に施設に持ち込んだところ、マイクロチップから身元が判明した。

袋には、キャットフードと猫用の砂が入っていたが、どんな経緯でここにたどり着いたかは不明という。

メーン州の実業家がスパイスの移送費用を負担することになり、施設運営者は、1週間ほど呼吸器系感染症の治療をした後、飼い主のもとに返すとしている。

スパイスを発見した男性は「子猫が家に帰れることになって良かった。これを実現するためにたくさんの人が協力してくれたことに感謝している」と述べた。

 

Lost kitten from New Mexico turns up in duffel bag in Maine

(Reuters) – An Albuquerque cat owner can sleep easier now that the kitten that went missing last month will be home for the holidays, despite a mysterious 2,300-mile side trip to Maine.

Patsy Murphy, who runs an animal refuge center in Westbrook, Maine, said the kitten, named Spice, was brought to her shelter on Nov. 11 by a man who found the feline in a duffel bag while unloading furniture at a local Catholic charity.

“This is a very odd story, we wish she could tell us what happened,” Murphy said of the kitten, which was found inside the bag with food and kitty litter.

Murphy said Maine resident Bob Watterson brought the kitten home on Nov. 5, and cared for it for six days before he turned it over to the animal refuge, which found a microchip in the cat that could identify it.

Murphy was shocked when the cat was traced back to New Mexico, and it remained unknown exactly how the cat made its way to Maine.

“We immediately contacted the owner to begin working on returning her the kitten,” Murphy said, adding that a Maine businessman offered to pay the cat’s transportation cost home.

She said the cat would be sent home after it is treated for a respiratory infection, likely in about a week’s time.

“I’m thankful the kitten is going home to her owner and how so many people pulled together to make this happen,” Watterson said.

(Reporting by Joseph J. Kolb; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Eric Beech)

 

Posted December 1, 2014 by admin in Uncategorized