Tough Cookie the kitten back home after 270-mile trip

Samantha and Andrew Buchanan with Cookie
Samantha and Andrew Buchanan with Cookie
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COOKIE the kitten has been reunited with her owners after being found at a Yorkshire hotel - 270 miles from her home.

When she disappeared from her home in Swansea on December 26 Cookie’s owners soon gave up hope of seeing her again.

Amazingly, she was being fed and watered by staff at Gomersal Park Hotel in West Yorkshire.

Cookie came back for food day after day until one of the hotel’s staff members, Claire Brogden, decided to take her to the vets.

She thought there might be a chance the cat was microchipped and was shocked to find she was from Swansea.

The hotel’s head of marketing Keith Joplin said: “Goodness knows how on earth it got here, but one theory is that it might have hitched a lift with the laundry van.

“The hotel has its laundry cleaned in Cardiff, so it could have jumped in while they were loading the van, travelled all the way up north, and then leapt out again once it got to Gomersal.”

Relieved and delighted owners Andrew and Samantha Buchanan made the 10-hour round trip from Wales to be reunited with their meandering moggy.

Andrew said: “We’ve been out looking for her every day, we weren’t a complete family without her.

“We had told the children, Lucy and Abigail, that Cookie was being looked after, but little did we know she was being looked after in a hotel in West Yorkshire.

“On Wednesday we got a call from a vet to say Cookie had been found. I thought ‘brilliant’ and then the vet said she was in West Yorkshire.

“Abigail had told her teacher her cat had gone missing and she’d handed out flyers and posters all round town. On Friday the school has a ‘show and tell’ and she’s going to tell the big story of how she got her cat back.”

Hotel deputy manager Stacey Webster said: “It was a bit of a shock that she’s hitchhiked her way from Wales to Leeds.”