Casper the Friendly Ghost Cat Enjoys Daily Bus Rides
Casper, a gorgeous 12-year-old green-eyed feline, boards the No. 3 bus outside his home in Plymouth, Devon, at 10:55 each morning, and travels the entire 11-mile route before returning home about an hour later.
It's an interesting ride. On the route, Casper passes an historic dockyard and naval base, a city center, several suburbs and the city's red light district (maybe he's looking for cat houses?) Being a cat, however, Casper snoozes through most of the ride from his favorite spot at the back of the bus.
All First Bus drivers have been alerted to look out for him and wake him up to ensure he gets off at the right stop.
Susan Finden, Casper's owner, said, "Casper has always disappeared for hours at a time but I never understood where he was going.
"I called him Casper because he had a habit of vanishing like a ghost. But then some of the drivers told me he had been catching the bus.
"I couldn't believe it at first, but it explains a lot. He loves people and we have a bus stop right outside our house so that must be how he got started - just following everyone on.
"I used to catch the odd bus too so maybe he saw me and got curious what I was doing.
"Casper is quite quick for his age so he just hops on to the bus before the doors close. He catches the 10:55 am service and likes to sit on the back seat."
Rob Stonehouse, one of the drivers on the route, said, "He usually just curls up at the back of the bus. Sometimes he nips between people's legs but he never causes any trouble."