An Aussie tom named Timothy has stunned his Brisbane family by turning up a year after he went missing, more than 1300 km from home.
His odyssey came to an end when he was turned in to Townsville’s RSPCA shelter this week by a local resident who found him living with two other cats in the house she had just moved into.
As is standard procedure, Timothy was scanned for a microchip and the scan hit pay dirt, revealing that he belonged to a family from the Brisbane suburb of Bald Hills and had been missing since August 2009.
Camilla Brooks, Timothy’s owner, was relieved and overjoyed to learn that the friendly feline was still alive.
“It’s just amazing, I’m so excited to have him back,” she said.
“When he went missing, we did letter drops and all those sorts of things around the area but we heard nothing. We had to assume the worst.”
There are no clues, however, to explain how he got as far as Townsville.
“It’s a bit odd, we don’t know how he got there,” Ms Brooks said.
RSPCA Townsville shelter manager Caroline Shemwell said Timothy may have been taken in by a Brisbane family who thought he was a stray, and who then moved to Townsville. Or, he may have hitched a ride on a truck.
He was in good condition when he arrived at the shelter, so Brooks believes someone must have been caring for Timothy for the past 12 months.
“I’d say he’s been living at somebody’s house for quite a while,” she said.
Timothy will be flown down to his family this weekend.
They are excited about the reunion but say it will be a bit strange to see him now.
“He was six months old when I last saw him, so he’s an adult cat now,” Ms Brooks said.
[SOURCE: staplenews.com ]