A one-eyed cat has been reunited with its owner after being missing for five years — after being found in a shipping container on an oil platform in the UK North Sea.
The black cat — nicknamed “one-eyed Joe” and also known as “Cyclops” — appeared to have been shipped from Peterhead to the platform, where workers fed the uninvited guest chicken from their canteen.
Workers filled out a safety card after discovering the animal, noting that staff “ran away frightened” after he popped out of the container which had been delivered by helicopter to the platform.
Despite their initial surprise, staff on the platform said he was “spoiled rotten” during his time offshore, reported Scottish daily The National.
Following the feline’s surprise discovery offshore last week, the crew called in the Scottish SPCA, and the animal charity arranged for him to be helicoptered back to Aberdeen on the UK mainland the following day.
Joe was then found to be a regular visitor to Peterhead prison, where he is routinely fed by prison staff.
Local residents said Joe chooses to sleep at the prison, where staff are said to “fuss over” him and he is “much-loved”.
However, subsequent publicity for the sneaky cat led to him being identified a Dexter, a pet cat that had gone missing five years ago.
“We are so glad that he was well looked after for the time he was missing but were even more delighted to be able to reunite him with his original owner thanks to his microchip being up to date,” the Scottish SPCA said.