A cat was found on an oil rig: its microchip reveals something totally unexpected

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The least we can say is that the rescue of this cat will be remembered for a long time.

By Emilie Heyl

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A cat was rescued by the Scottish SPCA from a container off the coast of Scotland on an oil rig. Although no one really knows how the cat ended up there, its microchip has enabled rescuers to find out more and discover the cat’s incredible story.

This cat disappeared for too long

Workers at an oil rig had to contact the Scottish SPCA when they found a black cat in a shipping container originally from Peterhead. They had no idea how the animal ended up here.

The next day, the charity came to pick up the cat. Once they flew back to the mainland by helicopter, they brought the animal to the vet to get its microchip checked.

By scanning the feline’s microchip, the employees of the local animal shelter discovered that the black cat actually belonged to a family that had been looking for him for no less than 5 years.

During this long "escape", the cat spent a lot of time in Peterhead prison where he received the necessary care and love from everyone. How did he end up on an oil rig? The question remains.

Commenting on the rescue, SPCA animal rescue officer Aimee Findlay said she had “no idea how the cat ended up” in the container – but it had been nicknamed One-eyed Joe by the prison officers who have been feeding him for five years. She added: “After checking him for a microchip, it turns out his real name is Dexter,” she said.


A cat that was missing for five years has been reunited with its owner after being found on an offshore oil...

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He will now be able to return to his humans for new, hopefully less eventful, adventures.

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