Cat takes nap in Cairo and ends up in quarantine in Chesterfield after stowing away in owners luggage
A CAT has been placed in quarantine in Derbyshire after enduring a 2,200-mile journey from Egypt to Britain inside a suitcase at sub-zero temperatures.
Bisou, who was accidentally zipped inside the case in Cairo, is said to have been extremely fortunate to survive the freezing temperatures inside the cargo hold on a five-hour flight from the Egyptian capital to London.
The seven-year-old Persian cat, who is believed to have hopped into the bag for a nap, was only discovered after her owner, Mervat Ciuiti, had touched down in Britain and was heading in a taxi to visit her sister in Radcliffe-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire.
Now being cared for at one of the UK's seven quarantine kennels, Bisou faces a six-month wait to be reunited with Mervat, who has returned to Egypt.
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Mike Binks, the owner of Calagran Kennels, near Chesterfield, Derbyshire, said Bisou had been lucky to survive for so long in a cargo hold and escape unharmed as luggage was loaded onto the plane and off again.
"Obviously the suitcase wasn't jam-packed," Mr Binks said.
"But there must have been enough insulation around the cat to keep it warm as the heating (on a plane) doesn't go down into the hold.
"A miracle might be pushing it slightly, but the cat certainly had a very lucky escape.
"We've had dogs and cats in the past that have stowed away, but it's the first time we've had one come through via a suitcase."