In the English port town of Folkestone, Karen Gambrell had a friendly stray cat wandering around in her garden last week.
When she brought the cat, which she named ‘Brontie’, to the local veterinary clinic to have the ID number scanned, she and the vet were both stunned to find out that the cat had come all the way from Denmark, more than 1,000 km away.
“I was shocked when I was told where she’s from," Gambrell told the Folkestone Herald. "How did Brontie get to Folkestone from so far away?”
Still a mystery
No one has been able to solve the mystery of how the lost feline came from Denmark to England.
The Cats Protection in Hythe is trying to match the cat’s micro chip number with its rightful owner, but so far with no results.
Cats can get lost in all imaginable ways, according to Denmark's national cat register, Det Danske Katteregister. They can get into the trunk of vans or even get aboard ships.
There is another option though. When people move to another country, they sometimes forget to change the micro chip details on their pets. The curious cat could have been a new arrival that took a stroll in its new neighbourhood only to get lost.
May have crossed the English Channel
Folkestone is located on the Strait of Dover, the busiest seaway between the UK and the European continent. It is not impossible for a cat to travel all the way from Denmark to England as a stowaway in a van.
Det Danske Katteregister would not comment on this specific case, citing 'cat confidentiality'. They advised anyone finding a stray cat with an ID number to look it up at the international database Europetnet.com.
So far, neither Gambrell nor the Cats Protection in Hythe has been able to find out where Brontie belongs. What do you say readers, can we help this frisky feline find its rightful Danish owner?