Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) October 16, 2009 -- After a Himalayan cat travelled 3,200 km, you have to wonder what secrets it has to tell. After a journey covering thousands of kilometers into outback Australia, a well travelled cat is finally reunited with his owner.
Nineteen years old, Ashleigh Sullivan gave up hope of ever finding Clyde, a long-haired Himalayan cat, a variety of cat that is well known for it very short legs. Three years ago he went missing from the family home near Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
Found wandering near a hospital in the remote corner of Queensland, in the town of Cloncurry, a nurse looked after Clyde, before finally taking him to a local vet. From the identification microchip, the vet, Donna Weber was able to locate the Clydeâs owner.
Clyde somehow managed to become a stowaway on a boat and crossed the Bass Strait, or someone adopted (stole) him and he travelled with the family when they moved. Eventually Clyde managed to evade his abductors, or was abandoned.
However, to reach Cloncurry, Clyde had to cross two state lines and complete a 3,200 km journey.
Himalayan cats are known for their affectionate natures, beauty and lustrous but labour-intensive coats, that require daily attention, to keep it looking healthy and at its best.
They are regarded as very intelligent and generally quite social animals and good companions. It is important to keep these gentle and kind cats inside and safe away from potential predators, particularly the human kind.
Persian and Himalayan cats are one of the most popular breeds of cats in the United States and other Western countries, where the two breeds have become intermingled. They are very popular as show animals. The Himalayan cat also has a history of being used in movies, such as Mr Jinx, Homeward Bound, Date Movie. They have also been featured on the covers of magazines commercials and in television shows.
An animal transport company returned Clyde to his rightful owner in Hobart, free of charge. This time Clyde rode in style â he flew. What tales Clyde would have to tell if only he could talk?
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