Cat missing Since 2011 Tsunami Reunited with Owners After “Homeward Bound”-Style Adventures

An elderly couple was reunited with its long-missing family cat recently after the cat had gone missing from the couple’s Iwate Prefecture home in the wake of the March, 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster that struck the area.

Apparently after experiencing all kinds of Homeward Bound style adventures over the three year period that it was gone, the cat was returned to its owners with extra bells on its collar and, presumably, a severe case of PTSD – as video of the reunion depicts the cat  displaying an obvious thousand yard stare and antisocial behavior. It also appears to have no recollection of its time with the Yamagishis whatsoever because, you know, it’s a cat.

"I'm sorry, who are you again?" (Via Shutterstock)

“I’m sorry, I feel like we’ve met somewhere, but…”
(Via Shutterstock)

Reports say the cat wound up in an animal shelter, where employees assumed the feline had been recently lost and were waiting for the owners to inevitably show up, unbeknownst to them that the original owners, the Yamagishis, had long given up on ever finding their beloved pet.

It was only after shelter employees noticed that the cat’s name and some other information had been written in pen on the animal’s collar – possibly because the elderly couple actually had intended to remind themselves that the cat belonged to them rather than alert others if it had been found stray (Get it? Old people forget stuff) – that the workers contacted the Yamagishis to reunite them with the animal.

Given that the Yamagishi’s home was not actually damaged in the tsunami disaster, we’d say the stray feline has a lot of explaining to do about why it ran in the first place and what it’s been up to the last three years.

The irresponsible cat will reportedly be forced to attend AA meetings. (Via Shutterstock)

The irresponsible cat will reportedly be forced to attend AA meetings after it showed up to the Yamagishi’s place wearing a party hat and a wine necklace.
(Via Shutterstock)

Source: Asahi Shinbun


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