Cat of the Month ~ March 2010
Casper, What a fascinating creature he was!
Casper the cat has been catching the same bus every day for four years. Casper boards the 10.55am service in Plymouth, southwest England, for its entire 17 kilometer journey, before returning home about an hour later. The 12-year-old pet has become such a regular traveler on the Number 3 bus that all the bus drivers on the route have been told to make sure he does not miss his stop. Casper’s owner Susan Finden said she was stunned when she first learned about the cat’s daily jaunt. “Casper has always disappeared for hours at a time but I never understood where he was going” she told Britain’s Telegraph newspaper…
Ms Finden chose Casper as a pet from a rescue centre in 2002… “I called him Casper because he had a habit of vanishing like a ghost, but then some of the drivers told me he had been catching the bus.” Ms Finden, 65, went on to say… “the cat probably got the idea by watching other passengers at a bus stop outside my home. He sits patiently in the queue and is as good as gold. Casper is quite quick for his age so he when the bus arrives he just hops on before the doors close” A First Bus spokesman said: “The drivers all check he’s on the bus and that he gets back safely … We wouldn’t sell a cat a Rover ticket… but in cat years he’s an OAP so he’d get a free bus pass anyway.” Link to a video of Casper riding the bus. Sadly, Casper passed away in March 2010. Here is a link to our remembrance of this wonderful cat. God keep you Casper.