A Himalayan named Clyde was miraculously reunited with his owner yesterday after a three-year odyssey into the Australian Outback.
Clyde was about a year old when he vanished from his home near Hobart in Australia’s island state of Tasmania. His owner, Ashleigh Sullivan, had given up hope of ever finding Clyde.
No one has a clue how Clyde managed the 185-mile sea journey across Bass Strait from Tasmania off mainland Australia’s southeast coast, then another 2,000+ miles overland to Cloncurry, deep in the arid interior of the Outback.
A nurse found Clyde wandering at a hospital in Cloncurry. She cared for him for about four months before taking him to local vet Donna Weber, since she was leaving town and could not take Clyde with her.
Dr Weber scanned Clyde for a microchip, and contacted Clyde’s family when she got a hit. An animal transport company delivered Clyde to his home for free flying most of the way.
Did Clyde recognize his long-lost family?
“I’m positive he remembers. He’s not acting like he’s suddenly appeared somewhere and is frantic,” Sullivan said as she tearfully held her contented cat.
“It’s pretty special to have him back.” Sullivan said. “I’m overwhelmed.”
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