Pet cat that vanished from London is found in Paris
A cat that vanished from a New Year's Eve party in London eight years ago has eventually been found - 280 miles away in Paris.
Marna Gilligan, 39, and Sean Purdy, 36, were a couple when they adopted black-and-white cat Moon Unit, who sadly went missing from their home in Bermondsey during the party.
The couple were convinced she was gone for good and despite splitting up, the pair remained good friends.
Pet cat Moon Unit, who has been rescued from a cat shelter in Paris after going missing from his owner's home in London eight years ago
However, they were shocked last week when a cat rescue centre in Paris got in touch to say that they were looking after Moon Unit.
And last weekend, Mr Purdy travelled to Paris to pick up the cat and take him back home after a mammoth eight year journey.
But still, nobody knows exactly how Moon Unit made it across the Channel.
Ms Gilligan, who works as a programmer, said: 'We thought she was gone for good. I told myself that she'd found a lovely new family and was living the catty high life.
'Fast forward to this summer. We got an email from the microchipping people.
'It said a cat has been found in France after a cat rescue group picked her up when rescuing strays.'
It is believed that Moon Unit was found wandering next to a railway line in Paris earlier this year and stayed at the rescue centre until they found her microchip and contacted Ms Gilligan.
One of the cat's owner's, Sean Purdy travelled to Paris to collect Moon Unit and bring her back to the UK
It is believed that Moon Unit was found wandering next to a railway line in Paris earlier this year and stayed at the rescue centre until they found her microchip
Her and her ex-partner are now raising funds for the L'Association d'Aide et de Defense des Animaux en Detresse to thank them for reuninting them with their beloved pet.
Ms Gilligan, who now lives in Gravesend, Kent, with Moon Unit's kitten Roswell, added: 'It seems impossible - but a quick exchange of photos proves that is was indeed the same cat.
'We’ll never know how she got to France, but she’s coming home on the ferry from Calais.
'I couldn’t believe it, I thought it was a mistake because how could my cat end up in Paris?
'She was brought home last weekend and the cat rescue sorted out her pet passport and brought her to meet Sean when he came to pick her up.
'They are my heroes.'