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A Kiwi cat has tried to imitate the bad guys in horror films with a dangerous stint spent clinging to the underside of a car for 100 kilometres. Poppy, a Burmese cat, is believed to have climbed into the undercarriage of a car belonging to friends


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Raffi L (301)
Sunday August 16, 2009, 11:38 pm
Cat clings to car bottom for 100km trip
12:58 AEST Mon Aug 17 2009
By Tamara McLean

A Kiwi cat has tried to imitate the bad guys in horror films with a dangerous stint spent clinging to the underside of a car for 100 kilometres.

Poppy, a Burmese cat, is believed to have climbed into the undercarriage of a car belonging to friends visiting owner Sandra Stent in the North Island town of Levin, near Wellington.

The friends had assured Mrs Stent the cat had not been hiding on board or in the boot and went on their way.

Poppy then held on all the way to Hunterville, about 100 kilometres from home, where she either fell or jumped off, breaking her tail in the process.

Her adventures did not end there. The three-year-old spent three cold weeks fossicking for food, nursing her wounds and bunking down on farmland before she was seen lurking by a gun-toting farmer.

If it wasn't for her lucky red tag, she would have been shot, David Guylee said.

"We're trying to get native birds back around here, so we're getting rid of all the feral cats," he told the Dominion Post newspaper.

"Any wild cats get a bullet, and Poppy would have got one too if she hadn't had that collar on."

Things nearly went awry again when chew marks blotted out the last three digits of Poppy's owner's mobile number but after 30 calls the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) "fluked it" by reaching a thrilled Mrs Stent.

A malnourished and battle-worn Poppy has since been returned home to royal treatment and nightly meals of chicken to fatten her up.

Past Member (0)
Monday August 17, 2009, 2:23 am
Poppy was very very lucky to survive that trip and not to be shot. Good thing she got home; poor feral cats, though...

Raffi L (301)
Monday August 17, 2009, 10:39 am
When I read this is was ballistic-do they not have enough compassion and intelligence to see that the ferals have better opportunities and are rescued and cared for. I'm still furious at the comment by that farmer.How off-handed and cold, Thanks Michelle.

Tierney G (381)
Monday August 17, 2009, 6:17 pm
This is one very lucky feline.
Thanks Raffi

MmAway M (519)
Monday August 17, 2009, 6:23 pm
Poppy is indeed one lucky kitty cat, must of used up a ton of those 9 lives they have.

Just happy that she got back home and didn't get shot by that stupid farmer....And...I always thought Farmers loved Cats since they took care of all of their varments around there place! At least my cousin in Iowa loves to have a ton of wild cats in his barn.

I have had a bunch of feral cats that were born in the canyon, on top of the roof and they have been the best cats I have ever had...

And, gotta say, I wasn't a CAT lover until one of these feral cats made this house his home...he was the best cat I have ever seen...

Thanks for a great ending to what might of been a tragic story.

greenplanet e (155)
Monday August 17, 2009, 8:02 pm
Lucky Poppy. That's quite an adventure.

The farmer may seem harsh, but native birds in NZ have suffered a lot from wild and introduced animals, and it'd be pretty hard to catch feral cats in the bush. NZ birds had no predators before humans came along, so they aren't adapted to them. Not that I would ever want to see a cat shot, but it's a question of the birds, too.

chris b (2474)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 12:29 am
That's why there called KIwis after the flightless birds who had no predaters before we came along with our desease, cats, rats and God knows what else. Sad that they cannot deal with feral cats in a more humane way like trap spey and neuter schemes elsewhere I really don't beleive it is easier to shoot cats than trap themif it can be done in the clamour of US and UK cities, the wide open spaces shoud not present a problem. I quess you will always get a redneck element that wants to kill anything they don't like! This cat must have used up a lot of his nine lives on this adventure. Just shows how careful one should be about ensuring you know exactly where your animals are! Glad he made it back home.

sue M (184)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 4:03 pm
Native birds come back, not because of cats but lack of Monsanto!
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