Kitten survives 6,500 mile trip in shipping container

By David Ferguson
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 10:31 EDT
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Ni Hao the kitten via AFP
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A 3-month-old kitten has survived a 6,500 mile, two-week trip from Shanghai, China to California. Although he was too weak to stand when he was found, the little world traveler is now recovering and taking his first steps.

Now named Ni Hao or “Hello” in Chinese, the foundling survived in a shipping container without food or water as the freighter carrying it crossed the Pacific. He was discovered when workers opened the container in Compton, California last week.

“Ni Hao greeted the medical team with his first meows this morning and is attempting to stand,” said Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control official Marcia Mayeda.

Vet officials are looking for a cat-lover to adopt the orange and white kitten, who must remain in quarantine for 60 days. Doctors said, however, that if his health continues to improve, Ni Hao could finish his quarantine period in the home of a foster or adoptive family.

It’s not clear how the kitten got into the container.

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David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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