Cat Survives 3 Weeks Crossing Ocean
Jul 5, 2:32 PM (ET)
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - A cat whose owners thought was lost spent
nearly three weeks crossing the Pacific Ocean in a shipping container with
no food or water - and appears to be just fine. The voyage began after Pamela
Escamilla lost sight of her 3-year-old calico, Spice, while packing a huge
container with household goods in Waikoloa Village, Hawaii.
The container was shipped June 15 to Southern California. Escamilla, 39,
and her husband couldn't find the cat before taking their flight and asked
neighbors in Hawaii to call if Spice returned. While the Escamillas feared
the worst, Spice spent 18 days in the pitch-black container without food or
water as it crossed the Pacific before arriving at the San Bernardino home
of Escamilla's parents on Tuesday.
"We really thought that cat was going to be dead," said Edward Gardner,
Escamilla's father. When Escamilla opened the container, she and family members
huddled around her noticed fluffs of cat hair on the floor. They started removing
items, and Escamilla climbed into the container to search.
"I saw (Spice) poke her head out from behind some bicycles, and I started to
scream," said Escamilla. She gently picked up the cat and went to the
veterinarian, who said the feline's prognosis was good.
"It's always a good day when the cat's alive," said Escamilla.
"We didn't know what we would find."
Spice's kidneys had shrunk and her bowels were backed up, but she managed to
get some food and water down at the vet, Escamilla said. The vet gave the
Escamillas a soup recipe for Spice made of chicken broth and marrow.
"(The vet) said, 'That's a calico for you,"' Escamilla said. "They have a
Of course, if she had been a tortie, she would have torn its way out of the container...