We have successfully rescued a cat that was found at an offshore oil rig in a shipping container that came from Peterhead.
We were alerted to the cat on 21 April, and collected him on 22 April after he continued his adventure with a personal helicopter ride back to shore.
The cat had been living as a stray and frequenting the area around Peterhead Prison for the last five years, but when we scanned him for a microchip it turned out he had an owner and had actually been missing from home during that time.
Scottish SPCA animal rescue officer, Aimee Findlay said: “We were alerted yesterday to an incident of a cat being found in a shipping container offshore.
“We’ve no idea how the cat ended up there, but attended the heliport this morning to collect him.
“The cat had been nicknamed ‘One-eyed Joe’ by the prison who had been feeding him for five years, but after checking him for a microchip it turns out his real name is Dexter and he has been missing for five years!
“We are so glad that he was well looked after for the time he was missing, but were even more delighted to be able to reunite him with his original owner thanks to his microchip being up to date.”
If anyone finds an injured animal, or an animal in distress, please don’t hesitate to contact our animal helpline on 03000 999 999.