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April 12, 2007

Mystery Cat Takes Regular Bus To The Shops

Mystery cat takes regular bus to the shops

Bus drivers have nicknamed a white cat Macavity after it has started using the No 331 several mornings a week.

The feline, which has a purple collar, gets onto the busy Walsall to Wolverhampton bus at the same stop most mornings - he then jumps off at the next stop 400m down the road, near a fish and chip shop.

The cat was nicknamed Macavity after the mystery cat in T.S Elliot's poem. He gets on the bus in front of a row of 1950s semi-detached houses and jumps off at a row of shops down the road which include a fish and chip shop.

Driver Bill Khunkhun, 49, who first saw the cat jumping from the bus in January, said: "It is really odd, the first time I saw the cat jumping off the bus with a group of passengers. I hadn't seen it get on which was a bit confusing.

"The next day I pulled up on Churchill Road to let a couple of passengers on. As soon as I opened the doors the cat ran towards the bus, jumped on and ran under one of the seats, I don't think any of the passengers noticed.
"Because I had seen it jump off the day before I carried on driving and sure enough when I stopped just down the road he jumped off - I don't know why he would catch the bus but he seems to like it. I told some of the other drivers on this route and they have seen him too."

Since January, when the cat first caught the bus he has done it two or three times a week and always gets on and off at the same stops.

Passenger, Paul Brennan, 19, who catches the 331 to work, said: "I first noticed the cat a few weeks ago. At first I thought it had been accompanied by its owner but after the first stop it became quite clear he was on his own.

"He sat at the front of the bus, waited patiently for the next stop and then got off. It was was quite strange at first but now it just seems normal. I suppose he is the perfect passenger really - he sits quietly, minds his own business and then gets off."

Wild Thing's comment.........

I love great animal stories and this is one of them. I thought you all might get a kick out of it too.

* Mighty Righty

Storm warnings and lights going out


I only had time to post this, they keep showing storm warnings on TV and tornado warnings. Our lights have been going off and on for a half hour. I am shutting this off. See you on Thursday. Sorry I can't have more posts made, but it is messing with my computer right now.

Posted by Wild Thing at April 12, 2007 12:47 AM


That cat behaves more like a dog, but never underestimate either animal's intelligence. We had a Tabby for 18 years that adopted us, the first two years I despised the animal, then one winter day a full grown Moose wandered into the yard and the cat lit into him, a veritable buzzsaw on the moose's nose, that was the first time I warmed up the the critter. Later I witnessed him attack a St. Bernard that came in the yard, he was so protective we took him with us camping, he'd hang around camp and always came when called, even in the boat fishing, he didn't fancy the boat ride, but loved to go for a car ride. He travelled three round trips from Alaska to Washington riding in the rear window, we never had to worry about losing him, he was getting old when I got a puppy, they got along good but heaven help a strange dog. I have another cat but this one is... well, slightly retarded, ie normal.

Posted by: Jack at April 12, 2007 12:50 AM

Macavity is actually Knut the baby polar bear in disguise, hiding from the PETA shit-for-brains fanatics who want to kill him.

If you can find it, read the wonderful kids book FISHHEAD, about a mangy wharf cat who slips aboard a merchant vessel that unknowingly departs the dock with him aboard. He finds a new home, much to his surprise.

OINK lives in the boonies of West-Central Indiana; he had the hatch open to the storm shelter and was ready to dive. An active tornado WARNING -- a real live one -- was right on top of me, accompanied by small walnut sized hail. I advised Ruth that this was a really bad time to drive home -- but she eventually made it safely. Nothing happened nearby, except some very nervous cats were seeking cover -- never a sight that causes one to believe that all is well.

Posted by: OINK at April 12, 2007 02:36 AM

Love this story!
And don't apologize.
I live in Nebraska, so I know what
storm warnings mean.
You and your family come first.
Take care.

Posted by: Lynn at April 12, 2007 06:13 AM

Cats is the neatest people!

I always turn my pc off when there is thunder and lightning. Just to be safe and protect it from a sudden surge.

Posted by: TomR at April 12, 2007 08:38 AM

Anyone who lives in the flatlands of the plains knows the fear of God when it comes to Tornados.

I lived in the Eastern part of Ohio, and we got them ever so seldom. Every year we would get Warnings and Wactches but nothing significant, but when we did, they came in number. In 1985 we had 10 tornados touchdown in our area. The aftermath, in the areas hit, was total devestation, it looked like the whole neighborhood had been bombed out, it looked like a war zone.

Electric Power was out for about a week and other services were disrupted too. I remember going in to work on the following monday to assess the damage to our building, overall the building was fine, except for all the water on the floor and all the drawings were ruined from the rain that poured through the leaky roof. So for the whole week we worked in the dark restoring everything we could and the lights finally came on I think it was the following friday.

The scary thing was they were hitting all around the area and you didn't know where the next one would hit. This went on for about 4 hours until they called of the Warning about 10 PM that night.

We had just resupplied the Beer so I was in good shape, ... oh yeah and the kids had food too.

But it was quite an experience, never want to see that again.

Posted by: Mark at April 12, 2007 08:58 AM

I checked the WX map for your area at say 0 dark 30 hrs. during the night and the radar map had an ugly passing through toward Orlando over the entire area, I've a close friend in Tampa that I worry about too. Hope you are all OK!!!

Posted by: Jack at April 12, 2007 11:33 AM

Jack, giggle, what a great story about your cat.I love hearing about it. Animals are the best people. heh heh

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 12, 2007 11:57 PM

Thanks OINK, I will check the book out, thanks again. I love great animal stories.

Yikes that is scary about the tornado. Glad everyone was ok.I learned respect for them as a kid growing up in Illinois.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 13, 2007 12:01 AM

Lynn, thank you.
I love Nebraska I have been there a few times. Good people there.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 13, 2007 12:02 AM

Tom, me too. I have this surge box with everything plugged into it. But the guy that comes to our house that is a computer tech guy told me, even with a surge box to still turn everything off just in case.

I agree Cats are aweseome.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 13, 2007 12:04 AM

Mark, WOW 10 of them, that would freak me out I think.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 13, 2007 12:05 AM

Jack it moved away from our area right after I went on to bed. but the lights were still going on and off because it made our doorbell ring. That was so funny, our kitty and dog reacted like someone was at the door. haahha They are so cute.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 13, 2007 12:06 AM