Phoebe the cat safely back in her Spanish home after thousand-mile journey from Maidstone
This cat has a long tail to tell - in Spanish - after a
remarkable 1,000-mile trek before being reunited with her
Phoebe the cat was handed into a British vets after her
epic journey from her Iberian homeland.
But no-one at Newnham Court Vets near Maidstone had any
idea of her incredible story when the unidentified, unassuming and
outwardly untroubled moggy was handed in last week.
As far as the vets were concerned she could have just wandered
off the nearest Weavering housing estate that afternoon.
But the discovery of Phoebe’s Spanish microchip and a phone call
to mainland Europe revealed the truth was far more incredible.
Phoebe’s adventure begun more than a month and 1,000 miles away,
when her owner set out to visit her daughter in London last
All had been going fine until they’d stopped at the service
station at Junction 8 of the M20 near Maidstone, and Phoebe was
gripped by a sudden compulsion to mimic Speedy Gonzales.
A short scamper in the car park turned into an adventure to
match one of Don Quixote’s, as Phoebe sallied forth into unknown
lands - the countryside near Hollingbourne - to spend a month
battling the British midwinter elements, before being found in
Or did she?
Newnham Court’s pets administrator Lucy Lamarque - speaking
before Phoebe was due to be picked up by her owner’s daughter this
week - said she looked remarkably well on arrival, perhaps
indicating she’d been enjoying some fine dining and warm
hospitality during her stay on the “Costa Del M20 Corridor.”
“We think she’s been roughing it,” said Miss Lamarque. “But
she’s in very good condition. Someone’s probably been feeding her
and there’s not a scratch on her.
“She’s a lovely cat.”
And, she added, “thank God for microchips.”
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