Curleah arrives home safely

HERE'S a story that'll give you paws for thought.

It may also leave you ‘feline' good about the capacity for people to pitch in and help.

Some time back, Curleah the short black-haired cat went on a journey from Gladstone to Moura, 187km southwest of Gladstone, and back, the round trip taking about two months to complete.

All this time, owner Hector Garlick was beside himself about his beloved pet scarpering, or even worse, perhaps having fallen to foul play.

But he never gave up hope of seeing his feline friend again.

“I just couldn't understand it (where Curleah had gone),” Hector said.

But thanks to a cast of many, Curleah made his way to the Harbour City Surgery on Tuesday evening, after turning up at the Moura Vet Surgery.

On Monday, Curleah showed up at the surgery, her time on the road coming to an end, after disappearing during a visit to Brendonna to see “what could be her mother”, Hector said.

“Somebody seemed to think she might have been hiding out and living off what she could eat in the bush, but I didn't think that. She's not that kind of cat,” the perplexed owner said.

Moura Vet Surgery nurses Sarah Magill and Tanya Schroder checked out the cat, which was in remarkably good condition, and her identity was soon discovered due to a miracle of modern technology: the microchip.

A phone call was placed to the Harbour City Vet Surgery and Lynn Kozloff took over the logistics of the operation.

She organised Curleah's travel arrangements and, courtesy of Yarwun Quarries truck driver Errol Hoad, the cat was picked up from the Banana Truck Stop and taken to Calliope on Tuesday.

Lynn then drove to the Calliope Crossroads to get Curleah and bring her into the surgery.

On hearing the news his much-loved cat had been found, Hector couldn't believe his ears.

“I thought somebody was playing tricks on me,” he said.

Hector and Curleah's reunion was an emotional one yesterday morning at the vet surgery, and immediately noticed something different about her, apart from her being a little weaker and not as spritely.

“Her personality's changed,” he said.

“I think she's been retrained, because she doesn't put her claws out the way she used to,” Hector said.

“As soon as I told her I was taking her to see her mate, she wanted to run away.”

Curleah was snug in her owner's lap by 10am yesterday, an act foreign before she went on her adventure.

“She was never a cat who liked to be held,” Hector said.

“I didn't think they had a cattery or whatever it is out at Moura, I thought there was just a pub, a store and post office,” Hector said.

So was he glad Curleah was microchipped?

“Am I ever,” he laughed.

Curleah was understandably a little flighty yesterday, and after a bit of together time, she was carefully bundled safely into her cat cage before making the pushbike ride back home.

So a big thanks goes to the Moura Vet Surgery girls who drove Curleah to Banana on Monday, Gail and Anthony, owners of the Banana Truck Shop who cared for the cat until truck driver Errol picked her up, and Lynn for organising the travel arrangements.

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