We came across this on the Cats Protection website and just had to share it with you all:
This is Ozzie, who came to Armagh Cats Protection as a stray. Volunteers were shocked when a routine check of his microchip revealed not only that he was registered in Australia, but that he was supposedly born in 1989, making him over 25 years old!
It turned out that Ozzie was microchipped in Sydney in 2000 and has since ended up in Northern Ireland.
The moggy, nicknamed Ozzie, turned up in Co Armagh, having started his journey 10,000 miles away in Sydney.
Co-ordinator Gillian McMullen says: “I responded to a call from a member of the public who was concerned about a poorly stray cat that had been hanging around her garden for several days. The poor cat was starving but obviously had been cared for in the past because it was wearing a collar.
“I took it to Willow Veterinary Clinic on the Mahon Road, Portadown, where we discovered it was microchipped and this is where the mystery begins. The cat had originally been microchipped in Australia!
“In 2004 he turned up as a stray in a vet clinic in London, but no owners could be traced.
Eventually through the help of Social Media it became apparent that he is actually 15-years old as he was born in 2000 and was micro-chipped and registered down under with the name Tigger.
It turns out the cat’s Aussie owners are globetrotters themselves – having travelled around the world, with their feline friend tailing them along the way.
They had left Tigger in the care of some friends in Armagh but the adventurous pet ran away and didn’t return.
The cat will now be reunited with its owners.
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Photo Credit: Cats Protection. Video: Reuters