Stowaway Kitten Survives Weeks At Sea
A 3-month-old kitten has survived a transoceanic journey from Shanghai to Los Angeles while locked in a shipping container and without any food or water. Authorities found the orange-and-white kitten on Wednesday after the container was delivered to a Compton-area business, says SFGate.
The kitten traveled 6,500 miles in what must have been horrendous, and suffocatingly hot, conditions — and without anything to eat or drink?.
The trip from Shanghai to Los Angeles can take as long as 21 days and it is not clear how long the kitten was in the steel container. He is currently at the the Carson Animal Care Center while officials from Los Angeles’ Department of Animal Care and Control observe his health.
Authorities are quarantining him in what SFGate says is “standard procedure” after his entering the US from a foreign country.
Workers have named the kitten Ni Hao (NEE’-How), which is roughly equivalent to “how are you” and “hello” in Mandarin Chinese. He is reportedly eating and sleeping well and was said to be “alert and responsive” on Thursday.
The Carson Animal Care Center will eventually seek foster and permanent homes for Ni Hao.
After such an adventure, hope Ni Hao can find a loving new home without any major disputes about his “status” and unusual mode of entry into the US. He’s already proved he is one tough kitty.
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