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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Kitten in M50 drama reunited with owner

Shane Hickey

A KITTEN which was rescued after it became lodged against the central wall of the M50 has been claimed by its owner.

The antics of Chester caused a major security operation at the Dundrum exit on Wednesday when gardai and the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) went to the rescue.

Traffic was stopped and the four-month-old male kitten was scooped into a basket by a DSPCA ambulance driver.

Yesterday, it emerged that Chester had travelled across the city from Kilmainham to where he was found.

Delighted owner Conor Clancy was reunited with his pet, who he said must have slipped out the door of his house when he wasn't looking.

Orla Aungier, from the DSPCA, said it was likely that the kitten had hopped into the engine of a car which then brought him to the motorway.

"We think he could have jumped out of the car when it slowed down and then frozen, so he is an incredibly lucky kitten."

Conor was alerted to Chester's whereabouts when he saw the story on a website and emailed photos of his cat's distinctive markings to the DSPCA.

"We did a quick comparison, saw that it was the same kitten and the owner was with us within 40 minutes," said Orla.

She added: "Chester is in perfect health -- he is definitely the cat with nine lives."

Irish Independent

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