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.
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.
Source: Asahi Shinbun