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Stowaway Kitten 'Ni Hao' off to Redondo

Ni Hao, the stowaway kitten who captured worldwide media attention after he survived a three-week journey from China, will soon start a new life in the Beach Cities.

Ni Hao, the kitten found curled up in a ball and nearly unconscious when it was discovered in a storage container July 11 after a three-week trip from China to California, will soon be calling Redondo Beach home, the Associated Press reported Friday.

Named for "hello" in Chinese, the five-month-old orange-and-white kitten will move to the beach city next week, the AP reported.

Ni Hao has been doing well since he was discovered, blind and very weak, in the container. He has been under quarantine for 60 days at the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control's Carson shelter.

"DACC is happy to report that Ni-Hao is doing GREAT!" a DACC representative told Life With Cats on Aug. 21. "He is very playful, active, and has been caught trying to run (although still a bit wobbly in his rear legs). He is improving by the day!

"Thank you to everyone for your care and concern for this special kitten!"

The AP reported that Ni Hao would probably be a "special needs" cat for the rest of his life, as he will walk with a limp due to atrophy suffered on his journey from Shanghai.

Ni Hao captured the hearts of many after he survived the 6,500-mile trip without any food or water. More than 80 people applied to adopt him.

Do you know the family who adopted Ni Hao? Redondo Beach Patch wants to interview them. Send editor Nicole Mooradian an email at nicole.mooradian@patch.com.

Diane Naletich September 01, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Quite the story. But, why does everyone need a celebrity kitty? Make any kitten/cat a celebrity by adopting it & giving it its own special story in your family.

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