Kitten that survived trans-Pacific trip to meet new family

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CARSON (CNS)  –  A 4-month-old kitten “still wobbly” after a 6,500- mile trans-Pacific odyssey in a shipping container will meet his adoptive American family today.

The kitten was found famished and dehydrated on July 11, when the container was delivered to a business in Compton. He was nursed back to health by county animal welfare workers and given the name Ni Hao, which means hello in Mandarin.

How the orange-and-white short-hair kitten made his way into the container in Shanghai is a mystery. He was cooped up inside of it for about two weeks during its crossing from China and extremely weak when first discovered.

Since then, Ni Hao has largely recuperated — and won the hearts of a Redondo Beach couple chosen from among 80 applicants who offered take in the stowaway. They plan to pick him up from the Los Angeles County Animal Care Center at 216 W. Victoria St. in Carson at noon today.

Evelina Villa of the county Department of Animal Care and Control said one of her colleagues dropped in on the couple to get a look at Ni Hao’s new home.

“The report said that if they were a cat, they’d want to live there,” she said.

The adoptive couple has two cats already. Ni Hao will be kept apart from them initially. “It will be good for him to emulate other cats,” she said. “His motor skills are off right now… He can run and walk but he’s still wobbly.”

The couple plans to have Ni Hao examined by their veterinarian when they get him home.

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