Stowaway cat Singa finds home in Holland

Stowaway cat Singa finds home in Holland
He arrived skinny and dehydrated but alive, and has now found a new home with volunteer animal ambulance worker Esther van den Berg.

SINGAPORE - Trapped in a container for six weeks, a plucky ginger cat made his way by sea from Singapore to the Netherlands, a journey of more than 10,000km.

He arrived skinny and dehydrated but alive, and has now found a new home with volunteer animal ambulance worker Esther van den Berg.

"I think he survived by eating spiders or cockroaches and drinking his own urine and the condensation inside the container," said Ms van den Berg, 42, who lives in a two-storey terrace house in Barendrecht, a town just outside the port city Rotterdam.

"But he is a fighter and survived the long journey."

Ms van den Berg, who lives with her 13-year-old son and an 18-year-old cat named Sammy, was not the first to find Singa - although she did give him his new name.

A colleague from the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals responded to a call from the shipping company that found him and took him to an animal shelter in the nearby town of Schiedam.

Ms van den Berg met Singa a week later, when she and the colleague took him to be quarantined for four weeks to check for rabies. At that time, he weighed around 2kg and was shivering from nervousness, Ms van den Berg recalled.

After the quarantine, she asked whether anyone had adopted Singa, and found out the ship worker who had found him wanted to keep him. But he changed his mind after a week, and Ms van den Berg immediately went to the shelter to pick him up.

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