UPDATE: Ever since Holly the cat has returned home, scientists are trying to figure out exactly how she managed to do it. An indoor cat finding her way home after walking 200 miles is almost unheard of. Scientists are somewhat baffled on cat navigation, since minimal research is available on the subject. Behavioral ecologist at the University of Colorado Marc Bekoff said, “I really believe these stories, but they’re just hard to explain…Maybe being street-smart, maybe reading animal cues, maybe being able to read cars, maybe being a good hunter. I have no data for this.” John Bradshaw, director of the University of Bristol’s Anthrozoology Institute, says that cats can sense smells from far away, others believe Holly used either sight or sound as a guide home. Whatever the scientific explanation is we’re just happy that Holly made it home safely!
More New York Times: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/19/one-cats-incredible-journey
Dori Edwards, Global Animal
FLORIDA — In November of last year, Jacob and Bonnie Richter of West Palm Beach, Florida brought their cat Holly on a family vacation to nearby Daytona. When fireworks went off near the motorhome they were staying in, Holly bolted from the vehicle. After relentless efforts to recover their beloved feline, the Richters unfortunately had to return home without their cat companion.
Approximately 200 miles from their vacation destination, Jacob and Bonnie never expected to see their loved one again. But, in a shocking turn of unexpected events, Holly, a determined kitty, recently completed a 200-mile, 60-day journey back to her hometown and guardians.
Holly was found emaciated and wandering the streets by Barb Mazolla, a neighbor of the Richters. After Mazolla took the seemingly stray cat to the vet, Holly’s microchip was detected and she was reunited with her loving family.
“He opened up the cage and Holly climbed out and just went into his arms and just cuddled with him,” shared Bonnie Richter about their joyous reunion.
Dr. Marty Becker, “America’s Veterinarian,” told ABC News that Holly’s journey was a very rare feat. “All animals have a sense of direction, but it’s really unusual for cats to find a way home over long distances,” stated Becker. “I think this is somewhat of a miracle.”
This amazing story demonstrates the true power of love between man and animal.
Watch the ABC News video report here.