Cat Lost on Vacation Travels 190 Miles Home

Jan 13, 2013 2:25pm

A cat with an extraordinary sense of direction managed to find her way home after becoming separated from her owners while on vacation.

In November, Jacob and Bonnie Richter brought their cat, Holly, along on a road trip to the Daytona International Speedway, 190 miles from their home in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Spooked by fireworks one night, Holly bolted from the Richters’ motor home. For days, her frantic owners handed out flyers and alerted local agencies, before they finally headed home, distraught and without Holly.

Fast forward 62 days to when Barb Mazzola found an emaciated cat in her Palm Beach Gardens yard.

“She was so skinny, all bones and weak and she could hardly walk,” Mazzola said.

She bought the feline food and took her to a veterinarian on Saturday, where Holly was scanned for a microchip.

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The Richters got the shock of their lives when they got the call that Holly had been found, and only one mile from their home.

“It was quite a journey for this little girl,” Jacob Richter told ABC News affiliate WPBF-TV.  “We just can’t believe she came home.”

For Holly, an inside cat, to clock 190 miles by herself is nothing short of a miracle, said Marty Becker, a veterinarian.

“All animals have a sense of direction, but it’s really unusual for cats to find a way home over long distances,” he said. “I think this is somewhat of a miracle.”

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