Klepto Loki dies, but Midget re­turns

Marlborough Midweek - - Front Page -

By SVEN HERSEL­MAN Just weeks af­ter the death of Loki, a Blen­heim cat with klep­to­ma­niac ten­den­cies, an­other cat be­long­ing to the same fam­ily was found af­ter be­ing miss­ing for 16 months.

Loki be­came well known in Marl­bor­ough af­ter sev­eral news sto­ries re­ported on how he would steal items of cloth­ing from neigh­bours on a near daily ba­sis.

He even once stole a dog’s leash, and would some­times steal items again af­ter they were re­turned to their own­ers.

Mike Gif­ford­said Loki was hit by a car and the fam­ily tried to nurse him back to health but he died last month.

Mike thinks the cat was hit dur­ing one of his night time bur­glary runs.

The No­ble and Gif­ford house- hold were sad to loose their in­fa­mous cat bur­glar, but had rea­son to smile a few weeks later when their other cat, Midget, which had been miss­ing for 16 months, turned up.

The 9- year- old black and white moggy had been a sev­enth birth­day present for Ka­ley No­ble.

He went miss­ing af­ter the fam­ily moved to Wood­bourne.

They were all dev­as­tated and searched for months af­ter­wards for Midget.

‘‘I used to also check Face­book sites to see if any of the pet res­cue places had found him,’’ Ka­ley says.

An em­ployee at Tal­ley’s took Midget to the Marl­bor­ough SPCA and they posted a photo of him on their Face­book page.

It turns out the savvy fe­line had been spend­ing much of his time hang­ing around the fac- tory.

Ka­ley’s mum Anne No­ble says Midget was in sur­pris­ingly good con­di­tion, ex­cept for a cyst on his back.

Her part­ner Mike Gif­ford spotted the photo of Midget on the SPCA Face­book page and posted a photo of Ka­ley with the cat to the page to show that the cat was theirs.

‘‘ He has very un­usual mark­ings on his face so there was no doubt it was him; we were so ex­cited to find him,’’ Anne says.

Even their pet dog Zoe was ex­cited to see Midget again and greeted him like an old friend, Anne says.

The fam­ily have since moved to Rarangi and are keep­ing Midget in­doors for a good while be­fore slowly get­ting him used to his new sur­round­ings.

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