'Injured' cat survives 1,667 miles trapped underneath train

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 17, 2013 06:54 hrs

London: An injured tabby from Plymouth, survived a 1,667-mile journey trapped underneath a train's undercarriage.

Two-year-old Polly is believed to have broken her left front leg while it was hunting rats in a rail shunting depot near her home.

The wounded cat then managed to sneak inside a sealed unit under the front carriage of a high-speed express and was still on board when the 06.51am train left last Thursday and travelled to London Paddington and Swansea twice, then stopped for the night in Bristol, the Mirror reported.

The following day, the train travelled to Worcester, Oxford, Paddington and Swansea and after a return trip to London it left Paddington at 19.03pm, bound for Plymouth then its final destination of Penzance in Cornwall.

The cat was found after train manager Emily Mahoney-Smith heard a "miaow" on the Plymouth stop.

Mahoney-Smith thought it was a suspension fault and went on to the platform to check but was unable to find anything wrong.

The train carried on - but the miaows started again at St Germans in Cornwall. Mahoney-Smith and the driver tracked the noise down to a sealed equipment storage unit.

They opened a hatch and pulled out Polly, who had been missing from home for three weeks.

Polly's leg had to be amputated and is now recovering from her ordeal.

Her owners - retired train driver Arthur Westington, 84, and his wife Louisa, 82- were traced through her microchip.

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