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.