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September 17, 2009

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Australian cat returns home after three years

A CAT named Clyde was reunited with his owner yesterday after a mysterious three-year odyssey in which the long-haired Himalayan strayed 3,800 kilometers into the Australian Outback.

Ashleigh Sullivan, 19, said she had given up hope of ever finding Clyde after he vanished when he was about one year old from her family home near Hobart in Australia's island state of Tasmania.

A nurse found Clyde wandering at a hospital in the remote Queensland state town of Cloncurry and cared for him for four months before taking him to a local vet as she was leaving town.

The vet traced Clyde's owner from an identification microchip that was imbedded under the cat's skin.

But no one has a clue how Clyde managed the 300km sea journey across the Bass Strait from Tasmania off mainland Australia's southeast coast, and then about more than 3,200km overland to Cloncurry, deep in the arid interior of the Outback.


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