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Cat goes 49 days without food or water in 3,400km cross-country trek

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Published 12/05/2015 | 09:55

Pippa sent 49 days trapped in a shipping container before she was found Credit: Jason King
Pippa sent 49 days trapped in a shipping container before she was found Credit: Jason King

A cat that went missing in Northern Australia for seven weeks has been discovered more than 3,400 kms away in a shipping container in Queensland.

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Pippa (3) disappeared from Darwin, Northern Territory on February 20 when she curled up in a box being used by her owner’s neighbour to ship their belongings cross-country.

Having been trapped inside the container for 49 days without food or water, the three-year-old was found suffering from dehydration and severe weight loss.

The container was being used by a neighbour of Pippa’s owner, Rebecca Schilling, to transport their belongings to Brisbane in Queensland, 9News.com.au reported

The 3-year-old cat was found severely dehydration and suffering extreme weight loss Credit: Jason King
The 3-year-old cat was found severely dehydration and suffering extreme weight loss Credit: Jason King

The cat is now to spend several weeks being nursed back to health in an animal shelter.

Ms Schilling told 9News.com.au that she was shocked when she got the call from former neighbour Jason King that he had found her lost cat.

For the last seven weeks, the worried owner had been seeking help from local residents to help trace her missing pet.

Now she must now decide whether to fly the cat home and risk further trauma, or have Pippa re-homed in Brisbane.

“One of my big concerns is the potential trauma on her flying again after seven weeks in a shipping container,” she said.

Ms Schillin said she was dazzled by the cat's resilience and remains optimistic about its future.

Speaking about the discovery, her former neighbour recalled the moment he unloaded the container and came across the barely alive cat.

“When I first opened the door there was poo, cat hair and the smell of vomit and cat urine,” Mr King told 9News.com.au.

“I climbed up over things and I found our expensive mattress had cat urine and vomit all over it. I took everything out and sure enough behind the very last thing I found Pippa.”

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