Because it’s heartwarming and involves Chicago and a mystery:
Those nine lives really do come in handy.
A cat from New Mexico was headed home in style Saturday – some eight months after he vanished and somehow wound up 1,300 miles away in Chicago.
The lucky tabby named Charles disappeared while in the care of a babysitter.
“I found out while I was away volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, and I was so upset because I was in New Orleans so there was nothing I could do,” said owner Robin Alex, of Albuquerque.
The unlikely reunion between Alex and Charles came about when the cat with a case of wanderlust was picked up as a stray by Windy City animal control workers.
A tracking microchip embedded in Charles’ shoulder blades connected workers to Alex.
Then the stunned cat lover enjoyed the further good fortune of having an Albuquerque resident – and fellow cat owner – volunteer to pick up Charles while in Chicago for a wedding.
Lucien Sims, who also owns a tabby, got an Albuquerque company to provide a cat carrier and American Airlines waived Charles’ travel fees.
“He needs a good brushing,” said Cherie Travis, executive director of Chicago Animal Care and Control.
“He’s got a little bit of a cold – a little bit of an upper respiratory infection – but otherwise he’s in great condition.”
Fig. 1. Charles the Cat.