Published: 17/01/2018 15:39 - Updated: 17/01/2018 15:45

Caithness moggy goes on road trip


Mr Brambles back at his home in Harpsdale.
Mr Brambles back at his home in Harpsdale.
A FARM cat went on an unscheduled holiday from his croft home near Halkirk, and journeyed all the way to Tain on the back of a lorry.

The charcoal grey moggy – named Mr Brambles – was reunited with his owner Trisha Sutherland two days later after stowing on a truck that had picked up a consignment of peat from her farm.

“You get used to farm cats going missing for periods. His brother went missing for three weeks from our other farm,” said Mrs Sutherland, of Berry Croft, Harpsdale.

Mr Brambles works on pest control, roaming polytunnels to scare off rabbits and rodents from gnawing on the fruits they sell and make jam from.

Early on Friday morning, he decided to take a peek in the back of a lorry picking up a consignment of peat that the farm also trade in.

Mrs Sutherland later got a phone call from the lorry driver saying a charcoal grey cat was hiding in among the peat bags and was now at their depot in Tain – a journey of almost 80 miles.                

A free bed and breakfast courtesy of Ferguson’s Coal Yard in Tain was followed by the mischievous moggy getting five- star treatment on his weekend break.

“He’s definitely used up his nine lives,” joked Mrs Sutherland.

Read full story in Wednesday's Caithness Courier
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