Burmese hitches a ride

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCLEAY

A usu­ally quiet Mata­mata cat got a taste for ad­ven­ture and a bit of fame last week af­ter he ac­ci­dently hitched a ride to New Ply­mouth.

Jinx, the two- year- old burmese owned by David and Diane John­son, went wan­der­ing and crawled into a trailer just me­tres down the road from his home.

The trailer filled with bikes and snugly rugs was the wrong place to take an af­ter­noon nap.

While Jinx was on the road trip of a life­time trav­el­ling 270km from home, the John­sons were busy with their day-to-day ac­tiv­i­ties and didn’t even no­tice Jinx had gone.

‘‘ Burmese are known to go walk­a­bout and he had only been gone about six hours which wasn’t un­usual,’’ Mrs John­son said. So when their phone rang it came as a big sur­prise that he was now in New Ply­mouth.

The Gar­cia fam­ily had been vis­it­ing friends in Mata­mata and dis­cov­ered Jinx when they ar­rived home.

Jinx even made the front page of the Taranaki Daily News.

‘‘It was a bit of a pain,’’ Mrs John­son laughed. ‘‘On Mon­day morn­ing we had to drive all the way down to get him back. It’s a long trip to get a cat but the fam­ily who found him had looked af­ter him very well.’’

The John­sons were sur­prised it wasn’t their other burmese, Alvin who went walk­a­bout.

‘‘Usu­ally Jinx is the quiet one who will just stay at home and Alvin will be sneak­ing around. You have to watch these burmese,’’ she said.

Mrs John­son hopes that Jinx has no plans to travel again any­time soon.

Ad­ven­tur­ous: Diane John­son is pleased to have her burmese cat Jinx home af­ter he hitch­hiked to New Ply­mouth last week.

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