Article written and photographs supplied by Chantal van Wyk
Monday: Boarding our onward journey from Amsterdam to Oslo, after flying from Cape Town to Amsterdam with our three cats in the hold, the van Wyk family was called to the front over the speaker. The attendant told us: “We have some bad news. One of your cat cages is empty.”
While we were boarding we had no time to make decisions. We told our amazing friend and cat lover, Nicola Homewood, about what we knew. She asked: “What can I do?” I asked her to send out a missing report to Cape Town that we didn’t know where Limpet was. He could be anywhere between Cape Town and Amsterdam. We were certain he was lost.
By the time we reached our destination, we had over 900 messages.
We’ve never been believers in animal communication, and, to be honest, we were pressured by the pet-loving community to contact a communicator. Happy Tails Magazine had obviously published incredible stories of pets found this way and was quick to refer us to Shonelle Deolall of Keshavam Animal Communication & Healing.
Tuesday: Shonelle painted a perfect picture about Limpet’s unfortunate adventure at Schiphol in her reading. I believed, because I wanted to. She said he was somewhere warm and flat in Amsterdam. This was great news, because Cape Town was cold and wet!
Shonelle said that she saw, through Limpet’s eyes, that the flight was very bumpy, which was making me incredibly nervous in the comfortable cabin above. Limpet got out of his cage and hid in the animal hold. When the plane landed and the door opened, he slipped out with nobody seeing him.
He ran to the far side of the airport, close to the runway, where he could see people in the distance, but nobody could see him. He could see chalk drawings on the floor, pipes, cones and a street sweeper with a seat and a steering wheel.
He was petrified. He hid without moving and didn’t notice he was hungry or thirsty. Shonelle told him that his parents love him and miss him very much and that he should show himself to any human so that he may be reunited with his family.
Wednesday: While a colleague of Paco Brouwer was working night shift at a warehouse, he noticed that the sensor light was being triggered in an area that should be free of activity and dark. He went to switch it off, but when he turned around, it was on again. He went back to turn it off, turned around and the light was back on. He thought he was going crazy.
Thursday: When Paco went to work, his colleague told him of the bizarre night he’d had, and Paco set out to find out what was triggering the light sensor. He spotted Limpet and called the Dierenambulance. Paco held Limpet in his arms, knew instantly that he was someone’s beloved pet, and took to the Internet to search for the family who was missing a kitty at Schiphol.
Through the massive amount of attention the mysterious, nightmarish story had received, Paco easily found multiple posts about the now-famous missing white cat. He merely had to comment on one of the posts, saying: “I think I found your cat at Schiphol,” and the Internet blew up. I contacted him and he told me that Limpet was at an animal shelter in Amsterdam – he was dirty, but fine!
He was scanned for a chip multiple times. Eventually, the chip was found, and it was confirmed without a doubt that he was in fact the famous Lord Limpet.
The Internet was overjoyed and the good news was shared far and wide.
Friday: KLM was informed and immediately sent a representative to pay the bill and collect Limpet from the shelter. He was taken to the KLM Animal Hotel, where he was seen by a vet. The vet asked for more time to calm Limpet down before his flight to Oslo.
A KLM representative flew with Limpet to Kristiansand and handed him to me. We offered the representative a lift to his hotel and took advantage of the time to ask him about where Limpet had been found. “Was there chalk on the floor?” He nodded. “Were there pipes in the warehouse?” He nodded – they import/export pipes as cargo. “Was the warehouse far from the terminal?” He nodded. “Is there a street sweeper with a seat and a steering wheel?” He nodded, “It’s all true.”
Limpet is home now. He has a bit of a fear of being alone in the dark, but I take advantage of that and keep him close to me while we sleep. Our other two boys were a bit angry when he came back but soon settled. We’re now one happy family living in Norway.
Watch Limpet's reunion video's here: