Burmese hitches a ride
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.