The wondrous return of Stevie the blind cat

Last updated 05:00 16/05/2013
Stevie Wonder
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HOME AGAIN: Stevie Wonder now wears a collar saying, "I'm Stevie. I'm totally blind."

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A blind Christchurch moggie given up for dead by his owner after disappearing five weeks ago has made a wondrous return.

Robin Thomson was gutted when Stevie Wonder, a totally blind litter runt she had bottle-fed as a kitten, disappeared shortly after repairs on her earthquake-damaged Queenspark home were completed last month.

It was likely he became confused after weeks spent in a cattery, she said.

After hundreds of letterbox drops and advertisements, a vet clinic called last week to say he had been found and would be signed, sealed and delivered home.

Stevie had lost about half his bodyweight and Thomson was told he would not have survived another two weeks.

It was believed he had wandered into nearby Bottle Lake Forest after possible sightings there.

The reunion was possible only because Stevie had been microchipped, of which Thomson was a strong advocate. He now wears a collar saying, "I'm Stevie. I'm totally blind."

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