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Rocko the cat found 250 kilometres from home

4 May 2012, 15:02

Published: 04 May 2012 15:02 GMT+02:00

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“I was dumbfounded, I thought it was impossible,” cat owner Thomas Andersson told The Local.

“I’m still baffled as to how he managed to end up so far away, I thought he’d been hit by a car or something.”

Andersson, 31, lives in Torsås on Sweden's southeastern coast, and Rocko was discovered in Helsingborg, which is roughly 250 kilometres away on Sweden's west coast.

Nick Chambers found the cat after he heard an unusual meowing coming from his garden in Helsingborg.

Upon finding the free-riding feline, he took it to his local veterinarian who was able to determine the cat’s identity and alerted Rocko’s bamboozled owner.

“I have no idea how Rocko managed to do this, but he is a curious cat indeed. He sometimes wanders off and goes missing, but never for long, and certainly never for this long,” Andersson said.

“I suspect he hopped in the vehicle of a neighbour who recently moved, and went for a free ride."

Even though Rocky was found on Tuesday, Andersson still hasn’t yet had a chance to pick up his long-lost cat, but says he intends to drive there soon.

“250 kilometres is an extreme distance – even for a human,” he told The Local.

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Your comments about this article

21:40 May 4, 2012 by eovti
Some 20 years ago, a family in Oslo moved to Bergen, about 500km away. They waited for the cat, but he didn't turn up, so they had to leave without him.

Half a year later, he turned up at the doorstep of their new home in Bergen (which is a rather big city).

He still had his collar with their old phone number on it, or they wouldn't have believed it was really him.

He might have catched a ride over the mountains from Oslo to Bergen, but how did he find his family's house in the new city?

Sometimes I think cats have some kind of sixth sense, even though I don't believe in the paranormal.
02:40 May 5, 2012 by DAVID T
I hate cats - 250 miles is not far enough away as far as I'm concerned - Kill 'em all !!!!
03:51 May 5, 2012 by Douglas Garner
@David T... you deserve to be over-run with mice!
18:21 May 6, 2012 by blue2012
Rocko the cat Rocks.
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