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‘Pinay’: Cat found on freighter from Philippines to LA

This undated photo provided by the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control shows a 4-year-old cat that stowed away in a container ship headed from Manila, Philippines, to Los Angeles. The cat, named “Pinay” by staff, is described as a domestic short-haired, orange-and-white female. She is gaining weight and getting stronger after the trip without food or water left her near death. AP PHOTO/COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL

LOS ANGELES—A 4-year-old cat that stowed away in a container ship headed from Manila, Philippines, to Los Angeles is gaining weight and getting stronger after the trip without food or water left it near death.

Los Angeles County animal control director Marcia Mayeda said the orange-and-white female cat was weak and frail after the 7,300-mile  (11,745-kilometer) trip. But after two weeks of treatments, the feline is in fair condition.

Hospital staff named the cat Pinay, a common name for a female Filipino.

The cat has cleared quarantine but needs to be adopted into a calm home because she is still skittish. Potential adopters can e-mail daccevents@animalcare.lacounty.gov.

A year ago, a kitten named Ni Hao survived a freighter trip from China and was placed in a home.


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  • Descarte5E

    OFCW – Overseas Filipina-Cat Worker. Matuwa gobyerno nyan, additional dollar remittance. May tax kaya income ni Kitty?

    • jojo webmail

      even an Overseas Feline Worker, victimized by illegal recruiters. what kind of country is this???

  • ARIKUTIK

    Pinay is hardworking, cheap employee, ever smiling, nice friendly Filipina lady. To name the Stow Away cat as Pinay is racism.

    • opinyonlangpo

      Nobody seems to be aware of that.

  • txtman SUPOTiful Bading

    SMART CAT

    PROBABLY GOT TIRED OF FILIPINO POLITICIANS AND THEIR STUPID C O C K STROKING.

  • themask celestial

    Even the cat wanted to escape Gate of Hell

  • patrickinca

    Ganito na ba kagrabe ang pinas na pati mga pusakal ay gusto na ring umalis?

    • Zaema

      LOL.

  • Ncarreonjr

    “Pinay, a common name for a female filipino” is technically not right. Pinay refers to nationality of a female filipino.

  • 33Sam

    “FILIPINA” FOR THE LONGEST TIME IN THE WESTERN DICTIONARY MEANT “MAID.”

    • Mux

      I think that is an urban myth. Which dictionary in particular?

  • 33Sam

    FILIPINOS NEED AN IMAGE MAKEOVER SOMEWHERE ALONG THE LINE.

    DURING THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY SOME AMERICAN HOTELS HAD “NO FILIPINOS ALLOWED” SIGNS POSTED ON THEIR ESTABLISHMENTS!

    BECAUSE FILIPINOS WERE STEALING THE TOWELS!!!

    JUST SAYING!!!

    YOU WOULD THINK THESE “AMBASSADORS” HAD A SENSE OF POSTURING DECENCY AND GOOD WILL!!

    PERHAPS THE CAT WILL FARE BETTER!

    • Mux

      Black people were also not allowed in many American hotels in the early 20th Century as well, neither were Chinese. America was very racist at that time and not only Filipinos were banned from many places.



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