14 April 2007
Transport for cats
Brian Micklethwait

Apparently feral cats often get themselves into severe problems by creeping inside recently active and therefore warm motor vehicle engines.  So, when the vehicle start up again, trouble.  Often they die.  Pierrepoint, however, was rescued.

Macavity is far more on top of things.

The feline, which has a purple collar, gets onto the busy Walsall to Wolverhampton bus at the same stop most mornings - he then jumps off at the next stop 400m down the road, near a fish and chip shop.

He is no trouble:

Passenger, Paul Brennan, 19, who catches the 331 to work, said: “I first noticed the cat a few weeks ago. At first I thought it had been accompanied by its owner but after the first stop it became quite clear he was on his own.

“He sat at the front of the bus, waited patiently for the next stop and then got off. It was quite strange at first but now it just seems normal. I suppose he is the perfect passenger really - he sits quietly, minds his own business and then gets off.”

Perfect passenger then, apart from the fact that he presumably doesn’t pay.

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