Mayday over miss­ing moggy

The Oban Times - - NEWS - By Kathie Grif­fiths kgrif­fiths@oban­

Heart­bro­ken own­ers of a miss­ing moggy who jumped ship at Tober­mory dur­ing a sail­ing hol­i­day have put out a des­per­ate mayday call.

Two-year-old Blue­belle was last seen two weeks ago and she may have been in­ad­ver­tently tempted away by mack­erel be­ing gut­ted on the Fly­ing Dutch­man in the port.

Jo­hanne and Nigel Sim from Tighnabru­aich, Ar­gyll, spent three days search­ing the streets and other boats be­fore hav­ing to give up and leave with­out her.

Do­ing a van­ish­ing act is com­pletely out of char­ac­ter for small, gray Blue­belle who was a five-week-old feral kit­ten when the Sims’ dog Dillon found her un­der a bush in their gar­den.

De­spite grim words from the vet that she was too weak to sur­vive, the Sims han­drea­red her and she be­came part of their fam­ily – she is toi­let trained – lit­er­ally – us­ing the Sims’ home lava­tory, she shares a Satur­day man­i­cure with Jo­hanne and sits on the shoul­ders of the cou­ple’s autis­tic son as he does the morn­ing hoover­ing.

Jo­hanne said: ‘We des­per­ately miss her and want her home. The peo­ple of Tober­mory, Oban and the sail­ing com­mu­nity have been so sup­port­ive help­ing us find her. I was in bits when we had to leave Tober­mory with­out her. She is a huge part of our fam­ily.’

Tober­mory Har­bour is on alert, Oban FM has put a shout out and ac­cess to a wildlife cam­era has been of­fered from Ulva to help try and track Blue­belle’s move­ments.

‘I’m hav­ing to wear and sleep in t-shirts to get them as smelly as pos­si­ble so they can be put in cat traps to try and catch her. We are be­ing helped by the Cat Pro­tec­tion League in Salen which has had the of­fer of the wildlife cam­era. We just hope it works. Blue­belle has lots of funny quirks but she’s a bit of a home bird. She usu­ally stays very close to us, so this is very un­usual for her. She’s left a big hole in our lives and she will be miss­ing us too,’ said Jo­hanne, who is also try­ing to or­gan­ise a leaflet drop in a bid to get her home.

The Fly­ing Dutch­man is known to have gone on to Oban so there is a pos­si­bil­ity Blue­belle could now be on the main­land.

Blue­belle was wear­ing a pink and white re­flec­tive col­lar with bells on it, plus a pink heart-shaped ad­dress disc and is mi­crochipped.

Any­one who knows of her where­abouts should call 07900 511194.

Joanne and Nigel Sim with their Jack Rus­sell Dillon, be­low, are des­per­ate to hear from any­one who may have seen Blue­belle, so that they can bring her home.

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