Miracle as Marco the explorer cat from March returns home six years on
Marco the explorer cat is 'feline' just fine after returning home six years after he disappeared.
His thrilled owner Nikki Rose, who has three children, Amie and twins Eleanor and Poppi, says now the traveller is home he will not be venturing outside again.
The black and white furball mysteriously managed to escape from Nikki's mum's home in Wisbech Road in March on January 30 2016 - he had been staying there temporarily while Nikki moved into a new home just round the corner in Peashill Road.
Nikki, a dinner lady at Cavalry School, said: "I left him with his sister Gremlin at my mum's thinking it was the best thing for him while we got the new house sorted out. But when I went to collect him he couldn't be found any where.
"It is a complete mystery how he managed to escape but he was like Houdini and managed it some how.
"I was absolutely devastated I had had him and Gremlin since they were kittens and he was only about 14 months old when he disappeared.
"I put posts on social media and posters up around the area. We had just moved from the other side town so Marco didn't know the area. I spent many evenings returning to the old house hoping he would turn up.
"Every single post on Facebook of a found black and white cat raised my hopes that it was finally him, but it never was. Then my mum commented on a post this week that someone had put on Facebook about a cat sneaking into their garden and stealing the cat food. It was described as black and white and fluffy.
"The woman replied to my mum and sent a photo and we couldn't believe it, it was Marco and he was literally across the bypass from where he went missing in Turves Road and we had found him almost exactly to the day six years after he went missing.
"I was actually in bed when mum got the message and she contacted me, but I got up and drove straight there - it was about 10pm on Tuesday (24) and I was still in my pyjamas. As I pulled up on to the drive the cat walked in front of the lights and I knew straight away it was him.
"But when I got out of the car he disappeared into bushes and I lost him. So I contacted the lady on the missing pets Facebook page and she helped set up a trap the next night - I was so nervous it wouldn't work, but the next morning (Thursday) I got the call from the lady whose garden he had been visiting to say he was there in the trap.
"I raced straight round and he just sat there looking at me. I burst into tears and I haven't stopped crying tears of joy ever since. Marco meant so much to me and not knowing where he was or what had happened to him was a living nightmare. I'd convince myself he was safe and being looked after, and then I'd worry he was out in the cold. It's been a long six years.
"Goodness knows what he's been up to in that time,but judging by the amount of black and white fluffy cats there are around our area of town I'd say he's been quite busy - he's currently an entire male, but that is set to change shortly - just don't tell Marco, as I don't want him running off again.
"From now on he is a house cat only and to be honest I think he quite likes that idea as he comes and sits with me and just purrs and purrs - it is just wonderful and I hope my story gives hope to other people who have lost their pets and are hoping they will come home - miracles can happen even after such a long time."