Kitten Survives Shanghai-to-LA Journey Locked in Container
3-month-old cat went without food, water
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 13, 2012 2:35 PM CDT
This photo from the Dept. of Animal Care and Control shows an employee with a kitten that survived an ocean voyage from Shanghai to Los Angeles locked in a shipping container without food or water.    ((AP Photo/Department of Animal Care and Control))

(Newser) – A 3-month-old kitten survived a journey across the Pacific, traveling from Shanghai to Los Angeles without food or water while locked in a freight container on a ship. The orange-and-white short-haired kitten traveled 6,500 miles before arriving Wednesday. It was unclear how many days the kitten was in the container, but the trip can take as long as 21 days. The stowaway was retrieved from the container at a Compton-area business where it was delivered.

Los Angeles County animal control officers are cautiously watching his health while he is under quarantine—the latter a standard procedure for animals that arrive from abroad. The kitten ate and slept well at the Carson Animal Care Center, said animal control director Marcia Mayeda, and he was alert and responsive yesterday. Mayeda says workers named him Ni Hao, which means "hello" in Mandarin Chinese. When he recovers, gets his shots, and is neutered, the shelter will look for foster and permanent homes.