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What was Smudge doing during 17-week absence?
3:00pm Monday 16th September 2013 in News
A COUPLE were delighted when their cat came back – exactly 17 weeks after going missing – but now they wanted to know what happened to her.
Joan and Peter Brookes, who live at Golden Valley, near Castlemorton, were heartbroken when Smudge disappeared on the morning of Easter Monday, April 1.
“She ate her breakfast, went out and we didn’t see her again,” said Mrs Brookes, 77.
However, despite weeks passing by with no sign of the cat, the determined couple didn’t give up on Smudge. They searched the surrounding areas for weeks, trying everything they could to find the missing moggie.
“We searched for about two months and found nothing,”
Mrs Brookes said.
“We searched every hedge, every road. We put posters up and I even called in and had it broadcast on the radio.”
Finally, after two months of searching, Mrs Brookes and her 78-year-old husband, admitted defeat in their search, presuming Smudge couldn’t have survived that long without food or water and they wouldn’t see her again.
Then, an astonishing 17 weeks – a total of 119 days – later, the couple found the surprise of their lives outside their front door.
“There she was, just waiting at the front door,” Mrs Brookes said. “She was in the most appalling state, but she knew she was home.
“She looked like a bag of bones, with a paralysed tail, all sorts of injuries.”
Having lost half her body weight and with injuries to her tail, Smudge has been recovering at home, ahead of surgery to remove her tail.
“She’s coming on now, although she will have to have her tail amputated once she regains her strength,”
Mrs Brookes said.
Now, the couple are keen to hear from anyone who may have information about what happened to Smudge, who is 14-and-a-half years old, during her adventure.
“We would be really keen to know what happened to her,” Mrs Brookes said.
“I think she must have had access to water because she wouldn’t have survived that long. Perhaps she got into a delivery van or something and got stuck – we just don’t know.”
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