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Stowaway cat from China says 'ni hao' to new home
AP via [Los Angeles] Daily News ^ | 09/05/2012 | Sue Manning

Posted on 09/06/2012 6:12:01 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows

LOS ANGELES - A stowaway kitten who survived a three-week ocean voyage from China to California trapped in a storage container without food or water has found a new home.

Los Angeles County animal control officials said Friday that the cat, which has been named Ni Hao (NEE' how) or "hello" in Chinese, will leave the animal hospital he's called home since turning up in the U.S. last month to start life next week with a family in the LA suburb of Redondo Beach.

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The now 5-month-old kitten was found July 11.

It couldn't walk, see, or make any sounds.

An officer said the kitten had shallow breathing and was "curled up in a ball with his eyes shut," said animal control official Aaron Reyes.

"And he actually appeared deceased," he added.

The cat was rushed to a care center where veterinarians say he has thrived.

The only lingering sign of trauma is a limp, which Reyes describes as "his own strut."

The kitten suffered considerable muscle atrophy on the journey, causing him to walk with a ginger, unusual gait, Reyes said.

Ni Hao is "still a bit wobbly" and "may end up being a special needs kitty for life," said Reyes, deputy director of the county's animal control department.

But, Reyes said, "he's gone from this shriveled up little kitten with shallow breathing and knocking on death's door to this curious, playful, bouncy, affectionate, patient, little furry kitty."

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County shelter workers have a couple of theories to explain how Ni Hao survived, Reyes said. They think he ate or drank something just before wandering into the container, he said, or "he is so young his resilience is off the charts."

(Excerpt) Read more at dailynews.com ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: kittyping
Pix at source. Please don't post - AP.

Thanks, Anonymous Sender-Inner!

1 posted on 09/06/2012 6:12:08 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows
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2 posted on 09/06/2012 6:13:27 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Ni Hao is "still a bit wobbly" and "may end up being a special needs kitty for life,"

S'okay, I hear California Medicare covers that. As well it should.

/sarc

3 posted on 09/06/2012 6:16:56 PM PDT by workerbee (June 28, 2012 -- 9/11 From Within)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Stowaway Kitty Ping.


4 posted on 09/06/2012 6:18:57 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Harry Reid [PERVERT-NV] has Vickie-the-goat in lingerie & stiletto heels, tied-up in his office.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

So heartbreaking....I’ll never understand how God lets innocents like animals suffer so....


5 posted on 09/06/2012 6:25:44 PM PDT by Fawn (DEAR JESUS....PLEASE LET OBAMA LOSE.....AMEN.)
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To: carriage_hill

Yeah, he looks a little shaky, but welcome to America little bud.


6 posted on 09/06/2012 6:31:51 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: West Texas Chuck

I’d welcome him into my house, but I’m not sure my two girlies, Xiao Hu (Little Tiger) and Mao (the animal that makes the mao,,, meow, sound) would approve! And,,, yes,,, they’re named after two commie dictators! And that’s how they run my house!


7 posted on 09/06/2012 6:36:23 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

That’s what I thought. Ni Hao, that is Meow at my house.


8 posted on 09/06/2012 6:41:21 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Poor little guy, well, now he’s going to learn all about Purrrrina;)


9 posted on 09/06/2012 6:43:38 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: West Texas Chuck

A very heart-warming story to a guy who has had catz since he was two!


10 posted on 09/06/2012 6:46:32 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Poor little kitty! Glad this story has a happy ending though!


11 posted on 09/06/2012 6:49:43 PM PDT by kerbear413 (Socialism breeds Mediocrity)
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To: West Texas Chuck

The Dems have already registered him to vote.


12 posted on 09/06/2012 7:01:31 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Beowulf9

And human slaves to fetch it for him!


13 posted on 09/06/2012 7:02:55 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: kerbear413

Amen!


14 posted on 09/06/2012 7:03:34 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
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15 posted on 09/06/2012 7:05:13 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("OF COURSE I TALK TO MYSELF - Sometimes I need an expert opinion")
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To: SkyDancer

Something tells me that Ni Hao has also discovered the Cone Of Shame.


16 posted on 09/06/2012 7:31:09 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Fawn

It is heartbreaking, but don’t blame God...the blame doesn’t lie with Him. Blame stupid humanity for bringing suffering into the world.

God loves this little kitten....He found the baby a home.


17 posted on 09/06/2012 7:42:25 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Don't be afraid to see what you see. (Ronald Reagan))
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To: Slings and Arrows

And cat in Chinese is “mi ow”


18 posted on 09/06/2012 8:08:07 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("OF COURSE I TALK TO MYSELF - Sometimes I need an expert opinion")
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To: Slings and Arrows

“County shelter workers have a couple of theories to explain how Ni Hao survived...”

I would think professional animal people like that would know that cats have 9 lives.

And I think they really do. 3 weeks! That’s amazing.

I did hear years ago that cats are basically desert creatures, they’re like camels and can go with very little water for a long time, but 3 weeks!

God bless this little kitty, I hope he finds a good home here in the USA.


19 posted on 09/06/2012 9:15:04 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: CatherineofAragon

I highly doubt that God or Man is to blame here, even the Red Chicoms....I’m pretty sure that cat got himself into that container.

Actually we should also say God bless the dockworkers who found him and the vets who saved him.

It really is an amazing story.


20 posted on 09/06/2012 9:17:42 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: SkyDancer
And cat in Chinese is “mi ow”

"Dinner?" (j/k!)

21 posted on 09/06/2012 9:28:59 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: jocon307

The desert creatures theory is interesting - it would explain why they like sand so much. ;^)


22 posted on 09/06/2012 9:32:54 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

“The desert creatures theory is interesting...”

I actually heard it on NPR!


23 posted on 09/06/2012 10:21:13 PM PDT by jocon307
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24 posted on 09/06/2012 10:58:23 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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25 posted on 09/06/2012 11:01:17 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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To: boatbums

That cat has had tequila training!!!


26 posted on 09/06/2012 11:12:05 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Ooooh! Redondo Beach! High-class new digs for Ni Hao. Here’s hoping that the new servants of the cat keep him indoors.


27 posted on 09/07/2012 3:01:08 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: boatbums

U DUZ IT KYOOT


28 posted on 09/07/2012 4:59:19 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: TheOldLady

Seconded.


29 posted on 09/07/2012 5:00:07 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: jocon307

Yes, it is, and I agree that those folks were wonderful.

But I was talking about the genesis of suffering in the world, in general-—not so much this specific incident.


30 posted on 09/07/2012 8:11:44 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Don't be afraid to see what you see. (Ronald Reagan))
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