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Clyde the cat comes home after three years

By Kevin Jess     Sep 17, 2009 in World
Clyde, a Himalayan cat, was reunited with it's owner Wednesday after it strayed 3800 km into the Australian outback. He was on the prowl for three years.
According to the Associated Press, the owner of the cat, Ashleigh Sullivan, 19, "had given up hope of ever finding Clyde" after he vanished when he was about one year old from her family home near just north of Hobart in Tasmania.
Clyde's journey took him by sea 300 km across the Bass Strait from Tasmania off Australia’s southeast coast, and then about 3,200 kilometres over land to Cloncurry, deep in the dry interior of the Outback. It's a mystery how the cat went so far.
Sullivan, obviously happy to be holding her cat again said in an interview with Associated Press, “I’m positive he remembers. He’s not acting like he’s suddenly appeared somewhere and is frantic."
Clyde was found by a nurse in Cloncurry, wandering outside of the local hospital. She cared for him for four months, but when she had to leave town she took him to the local vet, Donna Weber, reports nzHerald.
Weber, traced Clyde’s owner from an identification microchip that was imbedded under the cat’s skin.
Clyde, now four years old, was flown from Mt Isa to Hobart by an animal transport company, free of charge, for the happy reunion yesterday via Brisbane and Melbourne after Weber drove him the 120km to the airport on Tuesday.
Clyde appeared to be healthy and well fed.
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