Salmon follow the smell of their home waters. Birds and bees appear to navigate by the sun, stars, and moon. We can’t really explain how so many lost dogs and cats magically seem to find their way back to their owners over great distances, so we’ll just tell you about them instead.
Lesley and Donny McElhiney’s home in Appleton, Wisconsin, wasn’t the same after their one-year-old tabby Emily disappeared. But she didn’t just disappear, she went on a 4,500-mile adventure! It seems Emily was on her evening prowl when she found herself on a truck to Chicago inside a container of paper bales. From there she was shipped to Belgium, finally arriving in France where employees at a laminating company found her thin and thirsty. Since she was wearing tags, it didn’t take long for Emily to be reunited with her family, compliments of Continental Airlines.
The Hicks family wanted their cat to be lovingly cared for while they went on an extended vacation overseas. So, they took him to stay with relatives who lived more than 1,000 miles away. Months later, when they returned to retrieve Howie, they were told that he had run away. The Hicks were distraught, assuming that because Howie was an indoor cat, he wouldn’t have the survival skills to make it on his own. A year later, their daughter returned home from school one day and saw a mangy, unkempt, and starving cat. Yep, it was Howie. It had taken him 12 months to cross 1,000 miles of Australian outback, but Howie had come home.
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