Lifestyle & Belief

Holly the cat makes 200-mile trek to owner's home


Cats are judged at the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy's Supreme Cat Show held in the NEC on November 20, 2010 in Birmingham, England. The one-day Supreme Cat Show is one of the largest cat fancy competitions in Europe with 1,196 cats being exhibited.


Oli Scarff

In early November, Jacob and Bonnie Richter lost their cat, Holly, during a camping trip in Daytona Beach, Florida. But it appears that Holly somehow traveled home. The Richters found her a few months later-- near their home in West Palm Beach, about 200 miles from the spot where they lost her, the New York Times reported.

Holly was weak and emaciated with worn-out paws. A computer chip they had implanted earlier confirmed that it was the same cat. Scientists are baffled. “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," Marc Bekoff, a behavioral ecologist at the University of Colorado, told the Times. 

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“It was quite a journey for this little girl,” Jacob Richter told a local television channel. “We just can’t believe she came home.”

Cats aren't known for having navigational skills, but the issue has not been studied much, so there is little data out there on the subject, KFVS reported.