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Cypriot stowaway cat survives 2,200 mile journey with no food and water

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A cat that stowed away on a sealed shipping container in Limassol and travelled 2,200 miles to the UK, surviving three weeks without food and water is being cared for in Birmingham, the Mirror reported.

The four-year-old tabby has been named Miss Pickford and was nursed back to health by an animal shelter, the paper said. She survived the trip across the Mediterranean and a land journey through central Europe by licking condensation from the walls of the container.

She was discovered when the truck unloaded at the warehouse of Pickfords, a removal and storage company in Warwick after staff heard her meowing, the Mirror said.

The company paid for the cat’s quarantine. Lorraine Grove, 58, the cattery’s joint owner, told the paper: “When she arrived with us she was in a very bad condition. “She was extremely thin, very dehydrated and her fur was dry like straw.”

Miss Pickford recovered during her quarantine period, and was given flea and worm treatment, rabies vaccination and a microchip, the newspaper said.

She is now being cared for in Birmingham and ready to be adopted.

Sarah Whitmore, deputy manager at the centre, told the paper: “Miss Pickford is a very special cat to have survived such a gruelling ordeal.

“She’s fairly shy and retiring, so we’re hoping to find her a quiet home with an experienced owner who can coax her out of her shell.”

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