Three months after he ran away from his owners in Winton, a lucky ginger cat called Whiskers has been reunited with them.
The family was on the move from Western Australia to Toowoomba when the ginger ninja escaped and no amount of searching could locate him.
They eventually had to hit the road in the belief that their beloved pet was lost forever.
The good news story of how Whiskers is finding his way home after three months living on his wits around Winton was shared by the Longreach Veterinary Services on Facebook today, when the furry feline was brought in by a caring tourist couple.
Whiskers’ good luck was all down to his owners’ diligence in getting him microchipped.
“We scanned him for a microchip and bingo! He was chipped! We rang the phone number on his registry details and a man answered...They were thrilled and couldn't believe that he was still alive and someone had brought him in!” said the post.
The story unfolds in a good way from there, as relayed by vet, Laura Azsentieff, who put out the social media call for help to get Whiskers back in the arms of his family.
“He’s leaving Longreach tomorrow morning for Dalby, and then he’ll be delivered to Toowoomba,” she said.
Laura said he’d be going back in a very healthy state.
“He turned up at a traveller’s campsite at a truck stop at Winton and was drinking out of their dog bowl for a few days.
“He’s in fantastic condition – I think tourists must have been looking after him.
“He’s so friendly, cuddly and smoochy so it’s no wonder.”
Laura said they’d handled a few lost animals before but they were mostly local ones that had wandered off, never an animal that had become stranded midway through a journey across Australia.
“It proves the importance of chipping,” she said. “Without it, the end of the story may not have been so happy.”