This cat's trip to Disney is no fairy tale: Bob-bob came along on his owner's annual trip to Orlando – in her suitcase.
Ethel Maze, who runs the Maze Residential Care Home for disabled veterans, had a lot to do in the lead-up to her yearly jaunt to Florida. She had to confirm flight and hotel reservations for her group – 18 disabled veterans and volunteers – and find someone to watch her six pets. But according to the Orlando Sentinel's story on Bob-bob's unlikely journey, the 14-month-old cat was not trying to hear about staying home in Circleville, OH. As Maze packed the last of her things Monday morning, Bob-bob made sure he got packed as well, sneaking into her suitcase.
Mike Groleau, who wrangles the group's baggage, did think he saw the bag move – but it had been a long night, so Groleau just tagged the green suitcase and put it with the others. "This was the last bag I grabbed," he told the Sentinel, and "somehow it got zipped up."
Read on to learn more about Bob-bob's big adventure.
When it got un-zipped ten hours later, Maze found she had a roommate in her Disney-area hotel – Bob-bob, a little freaked out, but purring.
Any cat owner can tell you a story about almost packing a napping feline, only realizing her mistake when her duffel bag meowed; it's no mystery how Bob-bob hitched a ride to Tomorrowland. What's still a puzzle is how Bob-bob got past the Transportation Security Administration's screening procedures at Port Columbus International Airport. TSA spokeswoman Sari Koshetz told the Sentinel that their machines "are very sensitive to picking up explosives and other threats to aviation."
Folklore aside, a little black cat doesn't qualify. Maze wondered "how he got through the X-rays without being seen." We're wondering if he's planning to buy a ticket for the trip back home.
— Sarah D. Bunting
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