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Cat headed back to owner after three weeks stuck on plane

2:44 PM, Jan 18, 2007   |    comments
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Andrea Barlow, Pumpkin’s owner, tells 9NEWS she flew from Manchester, England, to Munich, Germany, and finally to Washington, D.C., December 28.

Barlow says the 12-year-old cat was lost while she transferring planes in Munich. When Barlow went to retrieve the carrier in Munich, Pumpkin’s crate was broken and empty. United searched for the cat but couldn’t find her.

Wednesday, United Cargo employees found the cat in Denver and took her to the Alameda East Veterinary Clinic to get checked out.

“It’s pretty unusual for a cat to survive after three weeks on an airplane,” David Gall, veterinary intern at Alameda East Veterinary Clinic, said, “so we’ll probably all be talking about it for quite awhile.”

Gall says Pumpkin was hungry and dehydrated, but mostly okay.

“This cat’s very lucky,” Gall said. “Three weeks without food or water. She must have been really resourceful, finding something on the plane to eat or drink. You know, I think we’ll know a little bit better how she does overnight here, but so far, looks like she’s doing pretty good.”

United plans to fly Pumpkin home to her owner.

“The plan is we’re going to get Pumpkin better hydrated, make sure she’s stable and as soon as she’s clear to go, United’s going to pick her up, and as I understand it, one of the representatives from United is going to carry Pumpkin into the cabin with her, and hold her on her lap to get her back to her mom,” Gall said.

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