Stowastrays

Sunday Mirror - - PUZZLES - BY KAREN ROCKETT

We’re Stow­aways...Get Miaow Of Here! These three adorable kit­tens trav­elled 2000 miles from Cyprus to the UK – sur­viv­ing a week with­out food or wa­ter.

The trio – given sea­far­ing names Nep­tune, Sin­bad and Ga­lene – were found in a ve­hi­cle on a mil­i­tary cargo ship head­ing from Li­mas­sol to Southamp­ton.

“Staff do­ing a rou­tine check were cer­tainly sur­prised to see three kit­tens sit­ting on the car’s dash­board star­ing out at them,” said ship’s agent Pa­trick Fort­num.

“They were only about three or four weeks old and in re­mark­ably good con­di­tion con­sid­er­ing they’d had no food or wa­ter for a week. Their sur­vival is mirac­u­lous.

“We don’t know how they got into the car,” Pa­trick said, “and they must have kept very quiet when it was driven on to the boat be­cause the driver didn’t hear or see any­thing odd.

“The car was locked at the port of Li­mas­sol so it’s pos­si­ble their mum had ex­ited the car some­time be­fore and is still on the is­land.”

The three­some were dis­cov­ered on the MV Ed­dy­s­tone at the end of Septem­ber, mid­way through the 10-day voy­age.

Staff called ahead to alert the Sea Mount­ing Cen­tre, a mil­i­tary port in Southamp­ton, Hants, where the boat even­tu­ally docked on Oc­to­ber 4.

“Our staff quar­an­tined them in an empty cabin for four days and kept them fed and warm,” Pa­trick added.

“The kit­tens were very friendly, and weren’t timid or shy at all.”

They were given a clean bill of health by a UK vet on ar­rival and are now three weeks into a three-month stay in quar­an­tine, paid for by Cats Pro­tec­tion who will then find them a new home.

The bill will be over £2,000 so Cats Pro­tec­tion are hop­ing to re­ceive do­na­tions to­wards the cost, with any ex­tra help­ing the char­ity’s nor­mal work. ■■Visit justgiv­ing.com/cats-pro­tec­tion cypr­us­cats or text CATZ83 and an amount of £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070.

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