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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Rhiannon Bloomfield

So glad this kitten is now safe and I just hope they find a loving family!

Stella Nobrega-Garcia

More proof that cats really do have nine lives!

Valentina R.
Valentina R.3 years ago

Ni Hao means Hello in Chinese. Such a cute name for this lucky cat.

Cindy Girgenti
Cindy G.3 years ago

What a sweet little kitten, I'm so glad he is safe! Hoping he finds a loving forever home asap :)

Kimberly Simms
Kimberly S.3 years ago

I love this story. Posting it to Facebook.

Anita Wisch
Anita Wisch3 years ago

Just amazing what an animal can endure, and still survive.

Dawn W.
Dawn W.3 years ago

How on earth did a 3 month old kitten get in a shipping container? I hope kitty is well and gets adopted!

Norene H.
Norene H.3 years ago

I am so happy that this baby is now safe and hope that he finds a forever home quickly.

Latonya W.
Latonya W.3 years ago


Katherine Wright
Katherine Wright3 years ago

This is amazing that this little trooper survived such a long journey. No doubt about it that this little one will have tons of adoption applications when she's available.

I do wonder if there is someone on the other side of the world who is missing their kittie?

I hope she has a long and wonderful life with someone who can keep her safe and love her like all animals deserve to be.