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article imageMystery Spanish cat found in Scotland reunites with owner

By Anne Sewell     Feb 5, 2014 in World
Muchalls - When a short-haired tabby mysteriously appeared in a garage in Scotland recently, she was taken to the vet for identification. The cat's microchip showed she was from the Spanish Canary Island, Fuerteventura. So how on earth did she get to Scotland?
The cat was found in a garage in Muchalls, a small coastal village in Aberdeenshire, Scotland last week.
When she was taken to the Cats Protection charity, vets discovered she had a microchip that had been inserted in Fuerteventura, 2,000 miles away in Spain's Canary Islands. The vets then gave her the nickname "Juanita" and launched a search to try and find her owners.
After the story appeared in the British media, an animal charity called Twinkle Trust, located in Fuerteventura, offered to check the cat's records there. Once done, they were able to put the cat's rescuers in touch with her owner, one Fiona Prati. It turns out Prati used to live in the Canary Islands, but has since moved to Scotland, and that the cat's real name is Tina.
Fiona MacPherson, the vet in Scotland said, "We were delighted when Fiona came to collect her and we're so pleased that we were able to help reunite them."
"Fiona even heard the story on the radio as she was driving to collect Tina. She told us how pleased she was that Tina was OK as she had feared the worst," she added.
Zahir White, a spokesperson for the Cats Protection charity, said it was "one of the most unusual cases" they had ever had, and sent a gentle reminder to all pet owners:
"We would remind cat owners to update their cat’s microchip details should they ever move address.
"Please check your micro-chipping certificate which should provide instructions on how to do this.”
All's well that ends well, but there is still a mystery to be solved. No one knows how on earth Tina made the 30 mile trip from her new home in Bridge of Don, all the way to Muchalls.
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