A bit of odd news from Carson, California. A 3-month-old kitten was discovered inside of a freight container from Shanghai, China during a July shipment. The LA County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) was contacted by the manager of the business that had received the container. DACC dispatched an animal control officer to the business.
According to a news release by the Deputy Director, an orange and white male kitten was found and taken to the Carson Animal Care Center’s medical unit for urgent care.
“It is incredible that this kitten could survive the almost 2,700 mile journey by sea without food or water,” said Marcia Mayeda, DACC’s Director. DACC veterinary staff reported that the kitten woke up the next morning “bright, alert, and responsive,” all very promising signs for a kitten who was clinging to life just 24 hours prior.
Staff and volunteers have named him “Ni Hao,” a Chinese word pronounced Nee How, which translates to “hello.”
Ni Hao is under quarantine and being monitored, a standard protocol for animals entering the US from other countries.
“We will continue to provide the best care for Ni Hao, eventually looking for a suitable foster home then finally a permanent family to call his own,” Mayeda said.