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Tuesday, 2 April, 2002, 11:24 GMT 12:24 UK
Continental journey for curious cat
The cat must wait seven months for a pet passport
A curious cat which ended up in France after exploring a removal van has found himself enjoying the sunshine in southern France.

Top Cat ended up in Bordeaux after climbing into the van which was taking items from the neighbour's home in St Neot, Cornwall, to the French city.

Now Top Cat's owner, Jayne Manley, is preparing to travel from Plymouth to Santander in northern Spain.

There she will be reunited with Top Cat, who is being driven from his temporary home in Bordeaux.

By the time I get him home it will have cost me in the region of 750

Jayne Manley
She will then continue her journey - with Top Cat in a basket - first to Madrid and then to Malaga where her peripatetic pet will stay with a friend for the seven months necessary to qualify for a pet passport to enable him to return to Cornwall.

Top Cat would have to spend months in quarantine in the UK if he was returned home straightaway.

After dropping her pet off, Ms Manley plans to stay in Spain for a few days before flying home.

She said: "By the time I eventually get him home it will have cost me in the region of 750 - which would have bought a lot of cat food."

Ms Manley was initially unaware that her pet had travelled to France, and said: "I had a friend looking after the animals who said TC wasn't around.

"On Monday we started looking, we couldn't find him anywhere then on Wednesday I get a phone call saying 'we have found your cat, he's in Bordeaux'."

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