A Georgia family had an extra merry Christmas this year thanks to a trucker who found a furry stowaway riding underneath his truck more than 2,000 miles away from home.
An OTR Pepsi driver discovered the 5-year-old tabby, named Kitty Bitty, underneath his truck in Riverside County, California. When he was found, Kitty Bitty was dehydrated, dirty, and skinny. The driver called Animal Services, and authorities were able to quickly nurse him back to health. Using his rabies vaccine tag, Animal Services was able to identify the cat and contact his owners.
According to Riverside County Department of Animal Services spokesperson John Welsh, it is thought that the cat probably ended up in or underneath the truck at a Pepsi facility not far from where his owner lives.
It is unclear how long the cat has been riding around on the truck, but he’s been missing from his home since the Fourth of July.
“We figured he got afraid of all the fireworks and the noise,” said Teresa Cameron, Kitty Bitty’s owner, in an interview with ABC News. “We just were afraid he’d got out and was gone.”
“It’s unbelievable to me,” said Cameron. “I mean, I know cats go off and come back, but Savannah to California?”