Saturday, August 1, 2009

Meet Casper, the Traveling Cat

"Pet cat catches the daily bus for four years" (July 30, 2009)

"A pet cat has caught the same bus regularly for four years.

"Casper, which is 12 years old, boards the No3 service at 10.55am from outside his home in Plymouth, Devon, and travels the entire 11-mile route before returning home about an hour later.

"On the route, the cat passes an historic dockyard and naval base, a city centre, several suburbs and the city's red light district.

"He has been making the journey for so long that all First Bus drivers have now been told to look out for him to ensure he gets off at the right stop. ..."

His owner named him Casper because he'd disappear for hours at a time.

The Telegraph article gives a pretty good look at this particular facet of an older cat's lifestyle. Casper prefers the back seat, and "is quite quick for his age" - which comes in handy, when getting into a vehicle designed for much larger creatures.

I'm particularly drawn to this article because Casper looks a little like Boots - who was gray in most of the places where Casper is black - who was a big part of my childhood and youth.

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