Ozzie, a cat born in Sydney, is taking social media by storm as everyone is curious to know how he ended up as a stray cat in Northern Ireland. Volunteers at Armagh Cats Protection, UK’s leading feline welfare charity, were shocked when a routine check of Ozzie’s microchip revealed the cat was from Australia and was born in 1989. As it turned out, the cat was already over 25 years old.
Ozzie the mysterious Sydney cat
Volunteers for the Armagh Branch of Cats Protection found that Ozzie was microchipped in Sydney in 2000. Whoever was his owner, he left Ozzie in London in 2004 and for some twist of fate ended up as a stray cat in Northern Ireland.
According to Cats Protection coordinator, Gillian McMullen, the cat’s real name is Tigger but was otherwise called Ozzie because of the mystery that surrounds his story. McMullen received a call from a woman who saw Ozzie hanging around her garden for several weeks already.
“I responded to a call from a member of the public who was concerned about a poorly stray cat that had been hanging around her garden for several days. The poor cat was starving but obviously had been cared for in the past because it was wearing a collar,” McMullen said in a statement.
“I took it to Willow Veterinary Clinic on the Mahon Road, Portadown, where we discovered it was microchipped and this is where the mystery begins. The cat had originally been microchipped in Australia!” McMullen said in amazement.
“In 2004 he turned up as a stray in a vet clinic in London, but no owners could be traced.”
Call to solve the mystery
Cats Protection is calling for anyone who can help them solve the mystery behind Ozzie’s travel to Northern Ireland. The charity group posted a plea on Facebook and the post has since been shared more than 21,000 times and attracted more than 3,500 comments from Facebook users around the world.
One commenter speculated that Ozzie did a “walkabout,” after all “It’s what Aussies do,” he said.
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