Sunday 11 December 2016

Far flung feline - 'Irish' cat turns up 1000 km away in Holland

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 07/01/2016 | 12:05

Coco the cat has been reunited with his owners after his travels
Credsit: Facebook/dierenoprangcentrum
Coco the cat has been reunited with his owners after his travels Credsit: Facebook/dierenoprangcentrum

An Irish cat embarked on a cross-border odyssey, which ended when he was rescued by animal welfare volunteers in a Dutch town a couple of days ago.

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The white tom cat was said to be in a neglected state when he was found in Enschede, eastern Holland.

However when staff at the animal shelter scanned the kitty's micro-chip they were astonished to see that he was registered to a family in Ireland.

The mystery deepened when they dialled the corresponding phone number, and found that it was disconnected.

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An appeal online was made in an effort to trace the furry fellow's owners.

“Coco is very sweet, very affectionate and communicative and he really wants to go home! Who knows him or knows where he belongs?

“He has some black marks on his head as he sat under a nice warm car.

“The distance from Ireland to Enschede is at least 1000 kilometers," it read.

Some people who commented on the story speculated that Coco may have hitched a lift in a car bonnet.

But the truth proved to be more straightforward.

Although Irish by birth, cute Coco emigrated with his Irish owners to Germany several months ago.

Coco was being minded by his owners' relatives when he disappeared and travelled across the border to Holland.

Despite not notching up as many kilometres as previously thought, it's still more ground than most cats cover in a lifetime.

Meanwhile the animal shelter said that Coco was thrilled to be reunited with his owners.

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