Bits and BobsClawful situations that even forced an emergency U-turn in the skies.

Cat-astrophes averted for plane and train riding felines

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Feline stowaways made headline news after harrowing escapes in London and Sudan.
Feline stowaways made headline news after harrowing escapes in London and Sudan. Photo Credit: Getty Images/GummyBone

Two feline stowaways made news headlines after harrowing escapes onboard a plane and train last week.

In London, a gray cat was spotted on the roof of an Avanti West Coast train, just half an hour before it was due to leave for Manchester at nine in the evening.

Passengers had to be shifted to a replacement train — a clever move on hindsight, since train staff eventually coaxed the cat off only after two and a half hours.

According to a BBC report, its rescuers said that the cat appeared nonplussed at the whole incident, "swaggering off" despite the real danger of potentially falling off a speeding train or getting struck by one of the 25,000-volt overhead lines.

"Thankfully curiosity didn't kill this cat, and we're glad it avoided using up one of its nine lives," Joe Hendry, Network Rail station manager for Euston, was reported as saying by BBC.

But a Sudanese pilot with Tarco Air wasn't quite as lucky.

The flight from Sudan to Qatar had to do an emergency U-turn back to its origin about 30 minutes into the skies, after a stowaway cat awoke, became terrified of its new surroundings and clawed at the captain.

According to a report in Al-Sudani, the feline could have crawled in while the plane was in the hanger as engineers reviewed the carrier before flight. Crew attempted unsuccessfully to calm the harassed hijacker, upon which the pilots made the executive call to reroute back to Khartoum.

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