Adventurous Gillingham cat winds up at Fenn Bell Zoo, Hoo 10 miles far from house


A cat might have fancied a walk on the wild side when he wound up 10 miles far from his typical house on a housing estate switching it for a zoo.

Or maybe Ted may have simply required some animated business with his more unique feline cousins when he stopped by the Fenn Bell Zoo at St Mary Hoo.

Ted the Cat was found 10 miles away from his Gillingham home
Ted the Cat was discovered 10 miles far from his Gillingham house

How the roaming moggy reached his location from his owners’ house at Darland Banks, Gillingham– more than 10 miles away– is uncertain.

However Ted’s household were not amazed when their saved 12-year-old roaming went missing out on over the weekend.

Mum-of-two Megan Tutty stated their much-loved family pet frequently goes on outside experiences, dislikes being within and is naturally nosey.

She stated: “We got a call from a veterinarian on Saturday early morning to state they had actually discovered him at the zoo. However to be truthful we had actually not truly understood he was missing out on.

” It’s not uncommon him to go walkies in the area. He’s a genuine character and widely known around here.

The Fenn Bell Inn at St Mary Hoo
The Fenn Bell Inn at St Mary Hoo

” However we did chuckle when we were informed he had actually presumed away.”

One theory is that the analytical feline might have climbed up into a vehicle or a shipment van and rode to the household destination, which is house to fellow felines consisting of bobcat, caracal, fishing cat and serval.

Megan stated: “He constantly increases to shipment individuals on the doorstep and Amazon is nearby from the zoo.

” Individuals state I must compose stories about him. He’s frequently enters into other individuals’s homes, enjoys being rubbed and follow individuals up the roadway.

” Kid love him and have their own names for him. He’s been seen to being in the middle of the roadway and motorists have actually needed to leave their automobiles to shoo him away.”

Ted the Cat's mystery journey
Ted the Cat’s secret journey

Megan’s partner William, 38, who runs his own pipes business and among their kids went to gather him at the zoo on Saturday lunch break.

A member of the general public had actually found him previously that early morning in the parking lot where personnel lined up to bid their unanticipated visitor goodbye.

Megan, mum of 2 kids aged 3 and 5, stated: “I can’t thank personnel enough. He will not use a collar however they had the ability to scan him and find our information.

Ted is on his way home after family collect him from zoo
Ted is on his method house after household gather him from zoo

” When he showed up back it was if absolutely nothing had actually occurred. He had something to consume and was directly back outdoors once again relaxing in the sunlight on a wheelie bin.

” Ted gets worried when he’s within, he headbutts the cat-flap to go out.

” There’s no point in stopping him from going outdoors. We’re simply happy he’s house now.”

Andy Cowell, owner of The Fenn Bell Zoo and pub at St Mary Hoo, Rochester
Andy Cowell, owner of The Fenn Bell Zoo and club at St Mary Hoo, Rochester

KentOnline approached the Fenn Bell Zoo to comment about Ted’s experience.

The destination, which was the very first in Medway to get a zoo licence, is house to a wide variety of wild animals, consisting of meerkats, lemurs, monkeys, racoon pet dogs, parrots and birds of victim.

It is house to the Fenn Bell Preservation Job which takes in saved animals. There is an adjacent club and dining establishment, the Fenn Bell Inn, and a mini train around its three-acre garden.

It began when owner Andy Cowell saw an advert on the web in 2011 to rehome 2 kunekune pigs.

After handling more undesirable family pets he chose in 2014 to unlock to the general public, and in the exact same year handled the club. He was lastly approved a zoo licence in June 2017.

If you have any concept how Ted got to his away-day at the zoo, get in touch with the newsroom on 01634 227800 or email


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