Hitchhiking Cat Set To Return Home After 10 Months On The Road

HELENA, Mont. (June 18, 2013)—A hitchhiking cat named "Mata Hairi" will soon be home.

The cat’s owner, Ron Buss, last saw his pet nearly 10 months ago when he let her out of his home in Portland,Ore.

Michael King later spotted her under a cafe table trying to stay out of the rain, picked her up and took her on a hitchhiking odyssey, to California back to Portland and then out to Montana.

In Helena, Mont., a veterinarian scanned Mata Hairi for an ID microchip and discovered she had one.

The vet contacted Buss.

King said he'll miss his feline hitchhiking companion, but adds that his backpack will be 20 pounds lighter.

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