It isn’t difficult to imagine why the old myth about cats having nine lives arose. They’re remarkably hardly little creatures.
Their sinewy forms and soft coats disguise just how tough the average feline can be. Sure, we all know that they can hunt down any manner of smaller creatures.
But they can also survive amazingly high falls, incredibly inhospitable weather and lengthy trips filled with hardship. Just look at what happened to one kitty named Daisy Duck Bandit.
According to KSAZ, Daisy Duck Bandit lived most of his life in Dearborn, Michigan. I say “most” because while the kitty might’ve been raised in the Wolverine State, he certainly didn’t stay there.
The most exciting chapter of the cat’s life started when Angelique Simeone of Tampa’s Blue Pearl Pet Hospital took possession of a stray brought in by a good Samaritan. That stray was none other than Daisy Duck Bandit.
And, yes, the pet hospital happened to be in the Sunshine State. Fortunately, the kitty had a microchip implant, and Simeone was taken aback when she scanned it and saw a Michigan phone number.
How did “Daisy Duck Bandit” get from Michigan to Tampa?? Nobody knows. Thanks to a microchip, he’s safe and now, money is being raised to get this furball back home! https://t.co/iSZocdQgH4
— Haley Hinds FOX 13 (@HaleyHinds) January 6, 2019
However, she just assumed that someone had moved and kept an old cell. “When I was giving [the owner] directions to pick up the pet from our facility is where we learned that [he] lives in Michigan,” she told WFLA.
The owner’s name was Andrew Sanborn. He had absolutely no idea how his cat ended up in the southernmost state in the U.S.
Fortunately, Daisy Duck Bandit was in good health. In fact, he was in such good shape that it shocked clinic workers.
“He’s in great shape, doesn’t have medical issues. Obviously, he was well cared for at home and he’s being well cared for here and we’re looking forward to a safe return,” Blue Pearl’s Media Relations Specialist Curtis Krueger said.
“I was distraught over the cat being gone, but you know, it had been about two months when I got the call,” Sanborn explained. “So I thought the cat was gone. You know? …
“I mean I’m happy that he’s back. But I highly doubt he walked all the way down there.”
Getting Daisy Duck Bandit back, though, wasn’t the easiest task. Sanborn couldn’t find anyone to bring his beloved pet home.
So he started a GoFundMe campaign for plane fare for the cat. He didn’t have long to wait.
Within three days, Sanborn had raised all the money he needed to reunite himself with his kitty. According to Creative Loafing, he even hired a pet sitting service to drive the cat to the airport.
Krueger said the cat’s example shows how important it is to microchip one’s pets. “That can mean you will see your pet again,” he stated.
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