An eight-month-old kitten has miraculously survived a stormy 16 day journey in a shipping container from Egypt before arriving on the back of a lorry in Hereford.

Cat found in shipping container in Hereford has survived 17 days locked up on route from Egypt.<br /><br />
The male cat which has been named Sphinx. 1511_27001
Image courtesy of the Hereford Times 

Named after Sinbad the sailor, the fictional adventurer who took to the high seas, the ginger tabby kitten travelled over 2,000 miles after hopping into a shipping container in Alexandria in Egypt on 8 March.

From Alexandria, Sinbad was then shipped with luxury linens to the port of Felixstowe before being boarded onto the back of a lorry headed for Mediterranean Linens, a business based in Moreton-on-Lugg in Hereford.

Pippa Boyd, the RSPCA inspector who came to Sinbad’s rescue, said: “I think he gave the lorry driver and the staff at Mediterranean Linens quite a shock when they found him back in Hereford! They called the RSPCA and we obviously came out to rescue him. I could hear him as soon as I arrived on scene meowing his heart out, he’s quite a vocal but extremely friendly lad. He was brushing up against me, craving attention, and he clearly has a very sweet but adventurous little personality!

“He was all curled up in the linens and had made quite a bed for himself. The poor thing was extremely hungry and thirsty though after such a long journey without any nourishment so we have been feeding him carefully ever since as he cannot cope with a full feed at the moment.

“It is just amazing he survived this trip at such a fragile young age, he travelled quite a distance without being given any food or water and it really is something of a miracle.

“He now legally has to go through all the quarantine checks first to make sure he is safe to remain in our country but he seems healthy and bright.

“Sinbad really is such a friendly and unique boy, he will make someone out there very happy one day soon as he is a wonderful and very special kitten indeed.”

The RSPCA is appealing to members of the public to help raise funds for the cost of Sinbad’s care in quarantine which will come to around £2,000 for a four month stay.

Pippa added: “This is such an unusual circumstance for us and, as a charity, this is a huge cost for us to take on. We rely heavily on funding from members of the public to help us continue with our work and really hope people will be able to help us with looking after Sinbad during his stay in quarantine. Mediterranean Linens have already kindly donated £100 towards his stay and we are really grateful for that. Every donation we receive really will make all the difference and will go straight towards Sinbad’s care.”

“We will also be looking for a lucky new owner in the very near future, so watch this space!”

People interested in donating can visit Sinbad’s Justgiving page at: https://www.justgiving.com/sinbadthekitten/