The story of Holly, a 4-year-old tortoiseshell who in early November became separated from Jacob and Bonnie Richter at an R.V. rally in Daytona Beach, Fla., and appeared on New Year’s Eve — staggering, weak and emaciated — in a backyard about a mile from the Richters’ house in West Palm Beach, almost 200 miles from where she got lost, is most definitely the top story of this week. All the major news outlets, including the New York Times, reported this amazing journey, and scientists find themselves unable to explain how Holly found her way home.
The New York Times article quotes Jackson Galaxy, who also had a cat who made an unexpected comeback: while living in Boulder, Colo., he moved across town, whereupon his indoor cat, Rabbi, fled and appeared 10 days later at the previous house, “walking five miles through an area he had never been before,” Jackson said. ““We haven’t the slightest idea how they do this,” Mr. Galaxy said. “Anybody who says they do is lying, and, if you find it, please God, tell me what it is.”
Holly’s miraculous return is also a testament to the importance of microchipping even indoor cats. Read the full story on the New York Times Blog.
Doug, an orange and white cat who was brought to the Cocalico Cat and the Gingham Dog Animal Hospital in Denver, PA, appeared to have been hit by a car. Doug was paralyzed. Being “the sweetest cat ever,” hospital staff decided that he could live there as a permanent resident. Earlier this month, students at Cocalico High School began work on a cart for Doug, so he doesn’t have to drag himself around the hospital. The cart may not be the most sophisticated cart available, but it works for Doug, and I love that the students poured their effort into helping this cat have a better life. Read the full story on Life with Cats.
Since winter has arrived in many parts of the US in earnest, I thought this video of a cat enjoying the snow was timely. Do your cats go out in the snow?
Have a great weekend!
Photo sources: photo of Holly screenshot from ABC News video, photo of Doug from the Cocalico Cat and the Gingham Dog Animal Hospital Facebook page