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Cat Treks 1,484 Miles to Florida, Comes Home

Wisconsin cat owner Cheri Stocker calls it 'a miracle'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 27, 2016 2:29 PM CST
Cat Treks 1,484 Miles to Florida, Comes Home
Nadia the cat at its home Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 in Sheboygan, Wisc.    (PHIL BOCK)

It takes about 22 hours to reach Florida by car for a person traveling from Wisconsin. But if you're a cat, the 1,484-mile journey likely takes closer to two months. At least that's how long it took Nadia, the Russian blue, to trek from her home on a snowy December day to sunny Naples this week where animal officials helped find her owners, the AP reports. Cheri Stocker adopted the cat nine months ago in Wisconsin, and on Christmas Eve, the cat escaped. How did she get to Florida? "I have no clue," Stocker tells the Naples Daily News. "We do have a couple of businesses around within a few miles. Maybe she got into a pallet and onto a semi."

She was afraid Nadia had died in winter ("She doesn't have the coat for it," says Stocker) until a pet relocation service called her sister. Seems a Naples woman found Nadia and took her to Collier County Domestic Animal Services, where workers found the cat's microchip; Stocker's sister was listed as an emergency contact. Many people offered to drive Nadia home, but ultimately a flight attendant at Allegiant Air brought the cat back on a plane, WTMJ-TV reports. Stocker greeted the 2-year-old feline with tears in her eyes. "Oh my god," she says. "I didn't think we would ever see her again so it's a miracle." (More cat stories.)

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