A stowaway kitten that survived a three-week 6,500-mile voyage trapped in a storage container this past summer now has a new home.
In July 2012, Digital Journal reported about Ni Hao, the stowaway kitten who was found on board a freighter that sailed from China to California. At the time, no one was certain how long the kitten was trapped without food or water, but it was remarkable he'd survived the trek.
When he was found, he was reported to be emaciated, dehydrated and very weak. Ni Hao was placed under the care of the Carson Animal Care in Los Angeles; also Ni Hao was not eligible to be listed for adoption until the designated quarantine period was up.
According to the Los Angeles Daily News, Ni Hao has now been adopted and will call Redondo Beach, a Los Angeles suburb, home. The adopting family has not been identified, and media reports say the family was chosen "from more than 80 serious candidates" who had applied to adopt the now 5-month-old kitten.
screengrab of kitten that survived an estimated 2-3 weeks in a container on a freighter that traveled from China to U.S.
While Ni Hao still has some signs of weakness, those caring for him have noted how far he's come since he was first found on July 11. Ni Hao currently weighs 4.5 pounds, according to 89.3 KPCC News.
Animal control official Aaron Reyes told the Associated Press (via MSNBC), "he's gone from this shriveled up little kitten with shallow breathing and knocking on death's door to this curious, playful, bouncy, affectionate, patient, little furry kitty."
He was scheduled to go to his new home earlier today.
"We couldn’t be happier with our selection. We know the new pet parents will provide Ni-Hao with the special attention he needs to settle into his new home,” department Director Marcia Mayeda said.