I have heard it. Those amongst us who smirk when I refer to “working cats”. They don’t believe that such an animal exists. Well she does and she lives in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland.
She is a feral cat who is part of colony of about fifteen who live amongst the prawn fishermen of Leverburgh on the island of Harris. Neillie MacAulay, a prawn fisherman, said:
“We used to be pestered with a lot of rats and we had a problem with them biting holes in the creels and leaving a terrible mess, but since the cats have been here there are no rats whatsoever. This one must have just gone on holiday to Oban.”
Yes, the darling cat in question disappeared for a while and she was dearly missed. She stowed away on a small cruise boat and ended up 200 miles away on Oban. It is interesting that the people in Oban recognised her as a top rat catcher and mouser from Leverburgh, Harris.
She spent a weekend at a local veterinary surgery and is housed at the Argyll Animal Aid charity. And now they have to get her back to the fisherman because they miss her. They have appealed for someone to do the necessary transportation duties.
“Someone from Harris contacted the vets in Oban by Facebook, the fishermen want it back and we will get it back.” (Argyll Animal Aid charity chairwoman Jean Sutherland)
There will be plenty of prawns waiting for her, on her arrival.
Feral cat colonies are sometimes seen at quaysides where they can feed on the fish. Where there is source of food there is more likely to be feral cats.
Source: Stowaway cat