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Surprise! Lost cat returns to owner 5 years later

  • Priscilla wandered off in 2009
  • She walked up to her owner at the bus stop on Sunday meowing
Surprise! Lost cat returns to owner 5 years later

A lost pet is always a sad affair. There are the "Have you seen this cat?" signs, the calls to local shelters, and the ambling walks around the neighborhood hoping to catch some glimpse of your fur friend (who is likely having the time of its life).

At some point, though, you have to accept that your cat or dog may have gone to greener pastures. That was exactly the case with Ruby Murphy's cat, Priscilla, who went missing five years ago in Lincolnshire, England ... and then waltzed up to her owner at the bus stop on Sunday as if no time had passed at all.

Murphy posted the story on Reddit, which earned hundreds of comments.

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"I saw her perched on a neighbor's wall," Murphy told HLN. "I called her like I used to, and she whipped around and came trotting up, meowing and rubbing her head on my feet like she used to! I started to stroke her and she rolled on her back and let me touch her belly, so I'm pretty sure she recognized who I was, because if anyone else touched her belly they would lose their hands! I beckoned her into my house, to show my family who were all so happy!"

Murphy said she adopted Priscilla from a shelter in 2003 as a companion for her other cat, Elvis.

"She was always very energetic and vocal," Murphy told HLN. "She didn't really like people; maybe it was something in her past. But we had a connection that never went away, she would always sleep in my bed, sit on my lap, let me hold her and not be so happy if anybody else tried to!"

Murphy explained that Priscilla was very much an outdoor cat, and that it wasn't unusual for her to be gone for a few days at a time. But when Priscilla went missing in 2009 for over a week, Murphy said the family placed want ads in the paper trying to find her.

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"We just accepted the fact that after a few weeks, she had gone somewhere else or she had passed," Murphy told HLN.

Until that fateful day at the bus stop, that is. But Priscilla didn't just come back and make herself at home. Murphy decided, after a discussion with her family, that it might be best to let Priscilla remain a free spirit and go where she pleased.

"We found out she has been living with an older woman that lives down the road from us, and she didn't realize it was our cat. But we think the woman and Priscilla are both happy how they are, so we are leaving things as they are!" Murphy told HLN.

Murphy said in the end, it was nice to have some closure and find out that Priscilla is still alive and healthy.

"She's around 12 now, so she is in her old years. I hope she lives them very nicely!" Murphy said.

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