A SCOTTISH family is trying to solve the mystery of a stray cat they have found 2,000 miles away fom its Canary Islands home.
The young cat, thought to be about a year old, was found cowering in the corner of a garage in the fishing village of Muchalls in Aberdeenshire,
Rosy Long, 66, found the distressed tabby when she put the car away after a daytrip with her husband.
They decided to take it for a scan at a vet to see if it was microchipped with a home address, but were in for surprise.
Speaking to the UK’s Daily Mail, she said: “‘We imagined if she had a microchip then we would maybe find an address in Muchalls and we could take her back to her owners.
‘But when we scanned her it was the Canary Islands – we couldn’t quite believe it.
‘The cat is so young – under a year old. For someone to have brought her over from the Canary Islands they must have paid a fair bit.
‘It just seems a total mystery. She was obviously cared for – she was fit and healthy and had a pink sparkly collar on.
‘She must be a loved pet that someone is missing.’
The Cat’s Protection League has issued a statement reminding people of the importance of updating the information on microchips, particularly in the case of a change of address. They are taking care of the cat, temporarily named Juanita, whilst they search for her owner; a possible contact telephone number has been found.