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funny old cat 28 Mar 2012 19:39 #4297

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Casper Catches the Daily Bus for Four Years
He has been making the journey for so long that all First Bus drivers have now been told to look out for him to ensure he gets off at the right stop.

Casper, who 12 years old, boards the No3 service at 10.55am from outside his home in Plymouth, Devon, England, and travels the entire 11-mile route before returning home about an hour later.

On the route, the cat passes an historic dockyard and naval base, a city centre, several suburbs and the city's red light district.

He has been making the journey for so long that all First Bus drivers have now been told to look out for him to ensure he gets off at the right stop.

Susan Finden, 65, a care worker who is Casper's guardian, said: "Casper has always disappeared for hours at a time but I never understood where he was going.

"I called him Casper because he had a habit of vanishing like a ghost. But then some of the drivers told me he had been catching the bus.

"I couldn't believe it at first, but it explains a lot. He loves people and we have a bus stop right outside our house so that must be how he got started - just following everyone on.

"I used to catch the odd bus too so maybe he saw me and got curious what I was doing.

"Casper is quite quick for his age so he just hops on to the bus before the doors close. He catches the 10.55am service and likes to sit on the back seat."

Rob Stonehouse, one of the drivers on the route, said: "He usually just curls up at the back of the bus. Sometimes he nips between people's legs but he never causes any trouble."

Casper has traveled an estimated 20,000 miles but Mrs. Finden says because he is getting old the drivers often have to shuffle him off at the right stop.

A spokeswoman for First Bus said the firm has put a notice up in the office asking them to look after the non-paying passenger.

Re: funny old cat 28 Mar 2012 21:04 #4301

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Awww. That is so sweet. One way to get petted on a regular basis!
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Re: funny old cat 29 Mar 2012 07:52 #4311

Awwwwww that is really sweet!!!!!!!!!! What a little cutie-I bet the kids love him!!! And yes I definitley agree there Stephanie!

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Re: funny old cat 29 Mar 2012 08:20 #4321

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how about this for a dog old dog walker
Suryia the orangutan and Roscoe a Blue Tick hound became friends when they crossed paths at a South Carolina preserve for endangered animals. Now they swim together, play together and Suryia even takes the dog for his walks.

The pair first encountered each other two years ago when Roscoe followed staff from The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (TIGERS) in Myrtle Beach home.

He was immediately spotted by the orangutan who ambled over to make friends.

Dr Bhagavan Antle, founder of TIGERS said: 'Roscoe looked really thin and a little lost so we fed him and took care of him;

'He followed us through the gate and ran over and found Suryia. As soon as he saw Roscoe, Suryia ran over to him and they started playing. It was unusual because dogs are usually scared of primates but they took to each other straight away. We made a few calls to see if he belonged to anyone and when no-one came forward, Roscoe ended up staying.'

Suryia is an animal ambassador at the preserve helping to raise baby primates but likes nothing better than spending quality time with his canine friend on his day off.

'They will spend a few hours each day together rolling around, swimming,' said Dr Antle. 'Suryia will take Roscoe for walks around the enclosure and even feeds him some of his monkey biscuits. When they are both feeling a little lazy they will go for a ride on the back of Bubbles, our 27-year-old African elephant.'

Re: funny old cat 29 Mar 2012 08:26 #4323

Awwwww another really really sweet story! How cute!!!!! Its amazing what animals can get up to!!!


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