Lucky feline survives 118-mile trip on English train
July 3, 2012
Anyone who has ever decided to adopt a cat will tell you that they can squeeze themselves into the tiniest possible places, but sometimes that skill can backfire on them. According to Metro.co.uk, rail workers in England were recently astonished to find a black cat crawling out from the underside of a one-way train from Southampton in southern England to Cardiff in Wales. Crammed into a tight space and reaching intense speeds, the journey was fraught with dangers, but the amazing black feline was able to find a safe place to hide. In all, the journey spanned 118 miles and the fearless little black cat managed to find a spot underneath the train and made it safely to the destination.
Amazingly, the cat showed no signs of injuries, and a rail worker at the Freightliner Limited dockyards in Cardiff found the feline strolling around the area immediately after the train's arrival. After contacting a local animal welfare organization, the feline was picked up by the volunteers and brought in for a check-up. The cat, who has been named "Thomas" after the famous fictional train character, has amazed the workers with his bright personality and resilient nature, reports The Sun.
"This cat has surely used up almost all of his lives by now and it is quite unbelievable what he has gone through," shelter worker Simon Evans, told the news source. "He was very very nervous at first and hiding under the train manager's sofa when we came to collect him. Despite being understandably a little shaken after his escapade, Thomas is really a lovely and friendly cat."
Because Thomas was found to be caught up on vaccinations and well-fed, the Cardiff animal welfare workers believe that the feline is a stray and has a family of caretakers that has yet to come forward. Thankfully, the feline has become a bit of a media sensation in England and there's a much greater chance that Thomas' story will gain the attention of the cat's original owners. Until then, the feline is being cared for in a cattery and has really begun to open up with caretakers. If Thomas' owners aren't located, there will certainly be a long line of potential pet parents waiting to adopt and eager to tell the cat's amazing story.