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Stowaway cat survives 6,400 mile boat trip from Philippines to LA

Without food or water!

Pinay the stowaway
Pinay the stowaway

A FOUR-YEAR-OLD  that stowed away in a container ship headed from Manila in the Philippines to Los Angeles is in good nick after surviving the trip without food or water.

The cat was found inside a freight container when the ship docked and the container was claimed by a business owner based in the City of Industry, an industrial suburb of LA.

Los Angeles’ Department of Animal Care and Control have been caring for the cat – which had been named Pinay – since it arrived on 16 July, and has regained some of its  strength and put on some weight.

DACC’s director Marcia Mayeda said:

It is amazing that this cat could survive the almost 6,400 nautical mile journey by sea without food or water.

The DACC is now searching for someone to adopt the cat, saying she needs someone with “considerable experience dealing with skittish cats”.

Mayeda said that Pinay:

…has been through a lot and needs a calm, loving family to help her transition.


- Additional reporting by Associated Press

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