British Cat Catches Local Train to Visit Penguins and Fish
Sounds like the cute plot of a great children's book -- except it's all true!
In fact, Percy's been spending warm-weather days at the Sea Life Centre for about five years now. It's an amazing cat tale that was recently written about in the Scarborough Evening News -- and has since been reported by news outlets worldwide.
While Percy's owners, Anne and Yale Michael, have always known how their pet spent his days, they never helped; Percy walks to and from the town train station on his own.
"He's very, very independent, comes and goes as he wants in the summer," Anne Michael recently told the Yorkshire Post. "He seems to know when to get on and off the train." A railway guard who's also familiar with Percy's travel patterns agreed: "He just hops on and hops off the train and knows exactly what time the trains are."
Once he's arrived at the marine sanctuary, Percy's favorite pasttimes include sitting on a wall near the entrance, waiting for human visitors to open doors so he can get in and out, and "watching the fish in the tanks," Sea Life Centre general manager Tamsin Mutton-McKnight told the Yorkshire Post. "He's more well-behaved than some visitors sometimes. He never tries to get into any of our tanks, even though some have open tops, and we never have any problems with him."
Really -- an aquarium is OK with a cat who scampers around the grounds? And a train company doesn't mind a feline that stows away for a free ride? (Although, according to the North Bay Railyway website, the line is dog-friendly.)
Are animal and pet restrictions that much tougher in the U.S. than the U.K.? What's your experience? Tell us in the comments.