Puss-in-BOATS: Kitten from China miraculously survives after being trapped in a shipping container for 45 days without food and drink - and then finds itself in ITALY
A little cat has travelled thousands of miles from China to Italy by accident after being trapped in a shipping container for more than a month.
The male tabby miraculously survived the lengthy voyage after spending about 45 days in the sealed space without food and water.
It was discovered inside the container on April 27 by a customs officer from Pioltello outside Milan.
The seafaring cat was so weak and exhausted when it was found it could barely drag itself, according to vet Fabio Maffioletti who is looking after the animal.
Mr Maffioletti is a vet from Ats Metropolitan City of Milan, the regional public health agency.
He told La Repubblica that the cat must have found something to eat among the cargo to survive.
The ship was bound for the port of Genoa by the Mediterranean.
The orange tabby is believed to be eight months old and a stray from the Far East.
It remains unclear from which port the container had departed, but a typical voyage from China to Milan takes 35 days and the cat would have been stuck for another 10 days during the customs inspection.
On China's Twitter-like Weibo, a trending topic page has been created in its honour.
The page has been viewed more than 230 million times, attracting more than 40,000 comments.
One of its fans joked: 'Will it have problem communicating with the locals cats there?'
Another one said: 'The feline version of "Life of Pi".'
A third user, a well-wisher, commented: 'Please grow up well in your new home!'
The Italian vet said they put the kitten on IV drips in the first few days. Now the little feline can eat on its own and is slowly recovering.
譯文來源：三泰虎 http://www.bnxr.icu/47597.html 譯者：Jessica.Wu
Nini1028, Reading, United States, 7 hours ago
He looks exactly like my Teddy!!! Poor baby!!! He will have a better life in Italy!
它看起來和我的泰迪一模一樣!!小可憐! ! !這只貓在意大利會過得更好!
Okie73, Midwestern, United States, 13 hours ago
Imagine emerging from the shipping container and having to learn a whole new language!
Earth1, NYC, United States, 15 hours ago
Grazie for saving him.
allGoes, Wheaton, United States, 15 hours ago
Even darling cats seem to have Guardian Angels... boy they sure were troupers to hang in there for so long!! C better starts learning Italian fast to enjoy the best of Italy ... lol... TY to the Vet who takes care of Cina
Luca Brasi, DAHLONEGA, United States, 16 hours ago
"Food and drink"? Why not just say food and water? Not all "drink" is good for the human body.
onnie , New England, United States, 11 hours ago
The cat doesn't have a human body.
Smitsda, Denver, United States, 17 hours ago
perlcat, Omaha, United States, 17 hours ago
My cat disappeared for a month once, left weighing 20 lbs, and returned on his own weighing less than 5. Apparently he had gotten stuck in a garage or something; we looked for him the whole time. I can only imagine the amount of cat poo he left for them. Cats are tough.
Rosemaryirish, Northern Cali, United States, 16 hours ago
I care for 17 strays or abandoned cats in our alley. They have left starving kittens on our front steps because they KNEW we were there to help them. I take one a month to the vet for rabies shots and neuter, and then release them.
perlcat, Omaha, United States, 13 hours ago
Bless you for caring for them
LLG, Portland, 18 hours ago
At least it's now out of danger of becoming a meal!
ProtestTheLeft, Bradenton, United States, 19 hours ago
He's not a tabby, DM. Not a tabby stripe on him. I hope he recovers completely and gets a loving, purrfect furever home.
Tilly91, Wimbledon-London, United Kingdom, 20 hours ago
Poor baby, I am glad he survived and is receiving treatment.
Shhhs, Somewhere, Norway, 20 hours ago
God was definitely looking out for this little guy I pray he gets a good home