A missing cat has been reunited with his teenage owner after being found among commuters on an early morning train journey.
Intrepid grey moggy Sid puzzled passengers when he hopped on the 7.23am from Cambridge to Ely, Cambs., on Friday.
He was looked after by a cat-loving traveller, train station staff, and Cathedral Veterinary Surgery in Ely., who appealed for help in finding who he belonged to.
Sid had been missing from his home in Romsey, Cambs., for two weeks, much to the distress of his owner Saskie Baillie.
Saskie, 14, said: “You don’t want to think that you’re never going to see him again, but part of you does think that.
“I kind of always knew he had been doing something funny.
“Quite a lot of my friends don’t believe it until I say: ‘Go look up ‘cat gets on train to Ely’.
“When we got him back he sat on our laps all night and we’ve been giving him lots of treats.”
The vets received dozens of calls from well-wishers asking if Sid’s family had been found – including one from a man who said he’d be happy to adopt the cat.
But when the Baillie family turned up with plenty of pictures of themselves and Sid, it was clear they were his rightful owners.
Cathy Owen, a student vet nurse at the surgery, said: “He was very, very pleased to see them and their cuddles were returned.”
One of the reasons it took the family so long to be reunited with rescue cat Sid was that he was not microchipped – something they quickly rectified.
Although microchipping is now compulsory for dogs, it is not for cats.
Cathy added: “Luckily in this situation it was the publicity that managed to get them reunited, but there have been occasions where that’s not been the case.
“Microchipping helps everyone, it really, really does.”