Emily the Cat
- Stowaway cat flies home in style
BBC News Online
A Wisconsin cat has received the kind of red carpet treatment more associated
with film stars than missing moggies as she returned home on Thursday. Emily's
business class seat on a flight from Paris and paparazzi greeting was a stark
contrast to her outward journey. Two months ago the year-old tabby cat sneaked
into an office supplies company near her home in Appleton and hid in a
container of paper bound for France.
After a three-week sea voyage the much thinner, but healthy cat, emerged.
Amazed staff in the city of Nancy, France, took the cat to a vet where an ID
collar bearing the number of Emily's vet in the US allowed them to trace her
owners. According to the head of the regional state veterinary service, Regine
Marchal, the collar also saved her from being put down - the usual fate of
four-legged interlopers at France's ports. After a month in quarantine she was
finally given the green light to go home, but instead of returning in a crate
in the hold of a plane as planned Emily was given an upgrade - free business
class seats for her and an escort thanks to Continental Airlines.
On the return leg Emily passed up the peppered salmon filet on the menu and
"opted for her French cat food" and some water, airline spokeswoman Courtney
Wilcox said. In fact, she was so keen on the French cat food that when she was
handed back to her owners at Milwaukee airport they commented that not only had
she regained the weight lost in the sea voyage but was even plumper than when
That was not the only change owner Lesley McElhiney said. "She seems a little
calmer than she was before, just a little quieter, a little, maybe, wiser," Ms
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