If you don’t know Mel from The Drive Show, here’s one quick fact: she LOVES animals. She loves animals so much so wants to share it with the family. So once a week she shares one of her favourite animal stories in Furry Tails.
The next day she noticed that Baloo, her 1 yr old cat, was missing and spent the weekend frantically searching her neighbourhood for her beloved pet.
Baloo’s owner, Jacqueline Lake didn’t realise her cat had found his way into the box that she posted because the cat had slinked through a hole in a tire rim and worked his way out of sight to the bottom of the package. Thanks to his hiding skills, Baloo accidentally got packaged and mailed with the tire rims.
After a 17-hour trip from Novia Scotia in Canada Baloo ended up in Montreal, 1200KM away. He was discovered by an employee of the shipping company who was curious as to why one of the boxes was leaking.
The employee dropped Baloo off at the Montreal shelter for a check-up, which he passed without issue, and gave the shelter the contact info for the cat’s owner. The employee used the tracking number on Baloo’s box to figure out who to call. The shelter contacted Lake and let her know the cat was safe, just a little far away.
A volunteer-based non-profit that transports shelter pets agreed to drive Baloo the 17 hours back to. After 10 total days of travel, Baloo was finally back home, getting a lot of extra attention.
Jacqueline said that it didn’t take long for Baloo to start acting like his normal self again “He was a little freaked out when he first got home, he’s had quite the ordeal. I just kept picking him up and saying ‘I’m sorry.'” “But by the end of the night, he was back to his old mischievous self. He ripped a whole bag of cat litter in the bathroom so he and his brother could play in it while I was sleeping.”
Jacqueline said her family had forgiven her, but she is not allowed to pack the boxes anymore.