Tigger the cat found 130 miles away
Published 21/03/2013 | 11:36
An adventurous cat was found 130 miles away from home following a trip in the back of a van, and has now been reunited with his owner.
Iain Binnie, 35, was clearing furniture from a relative's home in the Dedridge area of Livingston, West Lothian when two-year-old Tigger jumped into his hired van.
Mr Binnie returned to his home in Aberdeen that night and when he opened the van the following morning he found the cat sitting at the door meowing.
He took the stowaway to the local Scottish SPCA centre, on March 10, where staff traced the owner through the cat's identity microchip.
Tigger is now back home with owner Leanne Jamieson, 33, and her 10-year-old daughter Jade.
Ms Jamieson said: "My daughter Jade was quite upset when she found out Tigger had managed to travel all the way up to Aberdeen. This isn't the first time he's gone missing. He's quite a greedy boy and a neighbour nearby was feeding him. She believed he was a stray as he kept coming back for food. He ended up being picked up and taken to a cat rescue in Bonnyrigg.
"Jade put up posters all round the street looking for Tigger but thankfully he was returned to us soon after.
"We've had him since he was six weeks old so we're really attached to him and very glad he's back home safe and sound. Hopefully he won't be going on any more adventures any time soon."
Debbie Innes, assistant manager at the animal welfare charity's Aberdeenshire rescue centre, said: "Tigger was none the worse for his wee journey north. He enjoyed a comfy bed and some good food in our care before we were able to return him home.
"This just goes to show how important it is to microchip your pets as this is the most reliable way of ensuring your animal is returned to you should it ever go missing."