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Cat comes home — two years after a trip to pub

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: December 01, 2012

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A CAT that vanished two years ago has returned home — after being found living a new life more than 20 miles away.

The moggy disappeared from Wendy Huckerby’s house in Thornescroft Gardens, Branston, in October 2010.

But the grandmother of five, who had come to realise she would probably never see her beloved Tigger again, recently received a phone call from a vet in Sutton Coldfield to say her four-year-old tom was safe and well.

After more than 24 months apart, Tigger is now back living in Branston with his sister Tilly and their owners, Mr and Mrs Huckerby.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Mrs Huckerby said. “I think I cried for a week when I found out because I had been so upset to lose him.”

The cat, taken in with his sister Tilly as a kitten by the Huckerbys, had somehow made his way to The Bridge Inn pub in Tatenhill Lane, Branston, in doing so crossing the A38.

Pub chef Wojtek Sabbek took the cat to his home in Sutton Coldfield after it took up temporary residence at the pub.

The pet needed to visit the vet two years later and, thanks to a microchip inserted under its skin, the location of its real home was discovered.

“It’s remarkable to have Tigger back,” said Mrs Huckerby, who appealed for the pet’s return in the pages of the Mail after the disappearance.

“The vet phoned me up and told me they had my cat.

“I was stunned. I think he even remembers us, now he is back.

“At first we weren’t sure if he still knew who we were, but he is now finding all his old haunts and hiding places.

“When we brought him home, he walked straight to the cat flap as though he knew where to find it.”

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