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Foreign cat on the loose in Reykjavík!

Oh dear oh DEAR.

kottur5LssA black cat [with a white spot on its chest] escaped from a plane today at Reykjavík airport. The plane was en route from Denmark to the USA.

The poor thing is now wandering the streets of Reykjavík, thinking that America is nothing like the pictures.

All joking aside, though, this is a pretty serious matter. Animals are not allowed to enter Iceland until they’ve been in quarantine for a while, due to the risk of rabies or other infection. Happily there are no rabies in Iceland – and we’d like to keep it that way. [Even if it means, sadly, that horses that are transported abroad – even to compete – cannot come back to Iceland afterward.]

Anyway, that poor cat, whose name is Nuki and who is female, is now on the lam in Reykjavík. People are asked to keep a lookout and to call 112 if they find her. They’re also being asked NOT to let her into their homes if there are other animals there.

Compounding the problem is that Nuki is apparently afraid of people [a “scaredycat”] so she may be hard to capture.

Not sure what the fate of Nuki will be if or when she is caught, but I suspect she will have to be put down since, well, that’s kind of the Icelandic way.

A very sad story, all around.

[nb the pic is nicked from the report I linked to above and is not actually of Nuki.]

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  • KLewis September 24, 2013, 7:41 pm

    I can also say that it’s pretty sad that this kitty will more than likely be euthanized if caught. Rabies isn’t that easily transmitted especially from a vaccinated animal. Yes, my dog went through the quarantine which wasn’t cheap, but it was worthwhile to have her with us for our 4 years in Iceland.

  • Naomi Helga September 24, 2013, 8:03 pm

    And that is the Icelandic way I grew up with, translated onto the harsh canadian prairie. Ouch! I could never grasp this side of my mother and her family at all and it set her apart.

  • Valdimar September 24, 2013, 8:49 pm

    Urdi may be well off.
    Iceland is a better place for scaredy-cats.
    The U.S. is more suited for “fat cats”.
    Urdi might be both though. A scaredy-fat cat.
    Or none of the above.
    Anyway, the cat-egory makes a difference.

  • Karyn September 24, 2013, 11:46 pm

    If the cat was on the plane, she had to have had a health certificate and been up on her vaccines.