A “refugee cat” that traveled on a crowded rubber boat with its family fleeing Iraq, only to run away scared on a Greek island and be lost, has been reunited with his humans months later in Norway.
Fluffy white male cat Kunkush’s adventure spanned 4,000 kilometres (about 2,500 miles.) It all began when the cat leaped out of the small basket on Lesbos after the family had journeyed all the way from the Islamic State-controlled Mosul in Iraq.
The cat’s family, comprised of a woman and her five children, searched for hours before being forced to move to the next transit camp.
Kunkush resurfaced three days later in a fishing village and, although its fur was now matted and grey, many locals recognized it, labeling it “refugee cat” and the return to his owners was on! Volunteers set to work to reunite Kunkush with his family.
“I know how much hope means to a person who has nothing else left,” Ms Shrodes said.
“I felt strongly that if this family took such a huge effort to bring him with them, they must consider him a part of their family.”
“It wouldn’t be right to not give them a chance to at least know he’s OK, and even take him back if they’re in a place where they can.”
Kunkush obtained a pet passport and in January and Ms Shrodes flew with the cat all the way to Berlin, where a social media user had volunteered to foster it while the search for his family continued.
About five weeks later, its family, now living in Norway, contacted the volunteers through the cat’s own Facebook page.
They sent photos which were taken of Kunkush in Iraq.
A reunion was first held over Skype, before Kunkush traveled to join his family in their new home in Steinkjer, giving this wild adventure a happy ending.
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We here at The Best Cat Page are very happy Kunkush is safely back with the people who love him!
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