July 09, 2004


One for my fellow cat bloggers:

Boaters find kitten swimming 3 miles offshore in Gulf of Mexico

ST. PETERSBURG -- When Maggie Rogers spotted something bobbing in the water three miles into the Gulf of Mexico while on a scalloping trip with friends, she assumed it was a turtle, or a piece of sea kelp.

But as the boat got closer and slowed down, she found it was a tiny, apricot-colored kitten. Nine inches long and screaming at the top of its lungs, the cat was paddling furiously.

``We scooped him up and he sat on the boat with me for eight hours,'' said Rogers, who is the finance director at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

``He was exhausted and stressed,'' Rogers said. ``His heart rate was high.''

The boaters on the 17-foot Scout Current Drift did not know how the kitten arrived in the Homosassa Bay. There were at least 40 boats in the crowded area where he was found, they said.

On Tuesday, three days after he was found, a veterinarian found the 10-week-old, 1-pound kitten had worms, but was otherwise healthy.

He was adopted by Rogers' sister-in-law _ and named Nemo.

UPDATE: Via Bloggg a photo of the lucky Nemo.

kitty nemo

(via Drudge)

Posted by feste at July 9, 2004 09:36 AM | TrackBack

Poor little fellow. So sad. Glad he made it.

Posted by: Sissy Willis at July 10, 2004 04:57 PM

Little Nemo cheated some fish out of dinner,
using 1 of his 9 lives. *G*


Posted by: jaspar at July 10, 2004 05:58 PM
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