Quirky News

  • 15 January 2013, 10:43

Cat walked home - 190 miles

A Florida couple whose cat went missing on holiday were amazed when it made it back within a mile of home - from 190 miles away.

Jacob and Bonnie Richter's four-year-old pet Holly ran off when she was scared by fireworks at the Daytona International Speedway, reports WPBF News.

The distraught couple searched for Holly for days, putting up flyers and alerting rescue agencies, before despondently heading home to West Palm Beach.

Two weeks later, a rescue group spotted the distinctive cat outside of a Daytona Beach restaurant but it had disappeared by the time the Richters could drive there.

And that was the last they heard of Holly - until she showed up, skin and bones, paws rubbed raw and too exhausted to meow, in Barb Mazzola's Palm Beach Gardens yard.

"She was pitiful. She just stood there, ready to collapse," said Ms Mazzola, who rushed to the store for cat food and began feeding the cat she named Cosette.

In a week, Holly was well enough to be coaxed into a cat carrier and taken to the vet, where she was scanned for a microchip.

The chip came back to match the Richters, who couldn't believe the news. Holly had travelled about 190 miles in 62 days.

"It was quite a journey for this little girl," said Jacob Richter. "We just can't believe she came home."