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Runaway cat returns home after nine years on the road

TT/The Local · 12 Feb 2010, 12:47

Published: 12 Feb 2010 12:47 GMT+01:00

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Lakrits, which translates as liquorice in English, was just three years old when he parted company with the family in 2001 without so much as a by-your-leave. Vera Dettmann said the cat seemed unimpressed by city life after they moved in to Södermalm from Skogås, south of Stockholm.

"He hated being cooped up in an apartment, so he took off at the first possible opportunity," she told news website Nyhetskanalen.se.

Despite the family's appeals for help and frantic searches for the headstrong runaway, nothing was heard of Lakrits until rumours of sightings began to surface in 2008.

But the family did not dare to believe they would ever see Lakrits again until Dettmann received a call from a cat refuge on Thursday. Staff there had been able to identify the single-minded creature from a tattoo on his ear.

"I thought I was going to faint when they rang," said Dettmann.

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"When the kids and I saw him this evening it was like we had found a lost child," she added.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

13:41 February 12, 2010 by livinginsweden
Miaeow .....
14:08 February 12, 2010 by eZee.se
February 17th 2010, TheLocal

Stupid cat runs away from home again, no appeals to look for runaway cat, everyone agrees that's one high maintenance pussy.
14:45 February 12, 2010 by MTH
This reminds me of The Odyssey by the greek poet Homer!
15:08 February 12, 2010 by Twiceshy
So actually the cat didn't return home, it was returned home.
15:23 February 12, 2010 by Åskar
And now the people he has kept as pets during the last nine years wonder where he's gone.
15:28 February 12, 2010 by sherkovic
poor felix...goes to prison again for the rest of the life!!
17:41 February 12, 2010 by albert1974
is this a news? and the title is misleading.
22:17 February 13, 2010 by Nordic Prince
how come this occur?
09:45 February 14, 2010 by johnnyrebel
I was wondering the same thing NP.
11:34 February 15, 2010 by Kevin Harris
This is clearly part of the secret plot to overturn the Swedish government and replace it with a right-wing nationalist party the Nordic Outreach Brotherhood Sect. It ties in very nicely with the long waiting lists for flats in Stockholm, and the theft of the Auschwitz sign. It can't be long now before they make their next move.

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