Saturday, October 30, 2021

Kolkata airport team helps rescue runaway cat

Kolkata: Two weeks after Kolkata airport officials rescued a pet cat lost in transit and reunited it with its owner in Silchar, airport officials repeated feat on Friday — this time tracking an 11-month-old cat that lives in a one-storey house in the Biman Vihar locality in Ganganagar next to the airport’s wall and had crossed the wall on Thursday.

On Thursday afternoon, pet parent Swani Dey found Leo had gone missing while his mother Michhi was wailing.

“I had been looking for Leo everywhere until I spotted her on the other side of the airport wall from our terrace. But I had no clue how to get her back. I ran to a CISF official guarding a watchtower but he said he couldn’t leave the post and we needed permission to enter,” said Dey, a first-year PG student.

By 11.30pm, one of Dey’s friends posted a tweet tagging civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia. “Our home is alongside the airport wall of Kolkata airport. Our cat fell to the other side and is in danger as the wall is unscalable. Authorities have declined to help. Please save the animal. It is an Emergency,” the post read.

On Friday morning, the family rushed to the airport terminal and explained the issue to CISF officials and airport authorities, who immediately agreed to help.

The officials appointed a team and circulated a photograph of the cat on their WhatsApp groups. “They allowed me on the airport premises and airport officials and the garden maintenance team helped me. It took us two hours before one airport staffer spotted Leo hiding in a bush,” said Dey.

A senior airport official said they were happy to help.

30/10/21 Tamaghna Banerjee/Times of India

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