A shipping cat-astrophe

We’d like to introduce you to a cat.  This cat, a ginger tom, has been named Sinbad.

Sinbad, a curious cat, was recently found in a shipping container located at a linen company in Moreton-on-Lugg, Hereford in the United Kingdom. The container, full of linen, had travelled all the way from Egypt.

The cat’s 4800km journey, which took 17 days, began when he managed to sneak his way into the back of a truck at Alexandria Port on March 8th. It is unknown how exactly he ended up in the container, but it is assumed that he stowed away during the packing phase.

It wasn’t until the 25th March that the final recipient of the cargo, Mediterranean Linens, took delivery of the shipment – it was then staff began to hear strange noises.

Graham Monteath, Managing Director, said staff could not work out what the noise was when the shipping container arrived at their depot.

The 56-year-old added: “We heard this screeching noise. I have never heard a cat make that noise before. One of the lads thought it was a baby.

“I thought it could have been a buzzard trying to get into the warehouse because we do get lots of them around here. I just turned round and thought ‘good God’, what is that?’ Then this cat’s head popped out of the door.

Staff thought that the noises that they were hearing was a buzzard..

It was at this point that Graham gave Sinbad his lunch, roast beef. After a 17 day journey without food or water, the cat scoffed it down.

The RSPCA were called and can confirm that Sinbad will now spend four months in quarantine, which will cost the RSPCA £2,000. An appeal webpage has been created to cover costs. At last check, people can’t get enough of Sinbad, and have donated a whopping £3,970.40! That’s well over the target amount..

A RSPCA officer cares lovingly for Sinbad..

Cats being found in shipping containers are not uncommon it seems. Check out another story here.

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