Cat survives 35 days in metal box by licking walls!June 18th, 2009 - 2:10 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 18 (ANI): A black cat named Socks miraculously survived a month trapped in a 20ft industrial storage container - by licking condensation on its walls.
The 11-month-old feline reunited with its owners after electrician Murray Ruxton found it inside the container.
He survived 35 days without food or water by licking condensation from the sides of the metal unit in Arbroath, Angus.
Socks went missing on May 13 and owner Michelle Maher, of Arbroath, reported him missing to the charity Cats Protection.
“I was just going through some stock and I saw something out the corner of my eye, shuffling about,” the Scotsman quoted Ruxton as saying.
“When I realised it was a cat I knew straightaway he must be in trouble as none of us had visited the unit for at least four weeks.
“He was really friendly and came up to me but I realised how thin he was and was very concerned, so I rang Cats Protection, and a volunteer came straight out. I’m amazed by him and so thrilled he is doing well.
“I am planning to go and see him and say hello properly.
“None of the staff had spotted him sneaking into the container. We’re all just thrilled he’s okay,” he added.
Maher, of Arbroath, is overjoyed to have her cat back.
“I couldn’t believe it, I still can’t believe it - I am just overjoyed,” she said.
“I was desperate to find him and had been searching the streets and putting posters up. I had started to give up hope.
“When I went to the vets and saw him I just burst into tears. He was the same old Socks and was purring and rubbing up against me. I thought he would look very unwell, but he doesn’t look too bad and has obviously been grooming his coat a lot.
“I am just so happy to have him back,” she added. (ANI)
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