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    Default Socks the cat survives 34 days trapped inside metal container by licking condensation

    A cat has survived being trapped inside an industrial storage container for more than a month.
    Socks, who went missing on May 13, kept himself alive by licking condensation from the sides of the 20ft container.
    Charity Cats Protection has reunited the 11-month-old cat with his owners after an electrician found the emaciated moggy inside the metal unit.

    Lucky moggy: Socks, in the arms of owner Michelle Maher, is on the road to recovery after being trapped in a metal container for over a month

    Although desperately thin - half his ideal bodyweight - and dehydrated, the mischievous cat is expected to make a full recovery from his ordeal.
    The drama began when Socks went missing on May 13 and owner Michelle Maher, of Arbroath, reported him missing to Cats Protection.
    Ms Maher put up posters and searched the streets whilst Cats Protection volunteers kept a lookout for the missing Socks.
    Unbeknown to them, he had snuck into a metal container - similar to shipping containers - which was used by store equipment and supplies for electrical company D Adam & Company.
    He was discovered 34 days later on June 16 when electrician Murray Ruxton went to carry out a stock-check at the unit.

    Ordeal: Ms Maher is amazed that Socks survived in this container by licking condensation

    'I was just going through some stock and I saw something out the corner of my eye shuffling about,' he said.
    'When I realised it was a cat I knew straightaway he must be in trouble as none of us had visited the unit for at least four weeks.
    'He was really friendly and came up to me but I realised how thin he was and was very concerned so I rang Cats Protection, and a volunteer came straight out.

    'I'm amazed by him and so thrilled he is doing well. I am planning to go and see him and say hello properly.
    'None of the staff had seen him before and certainly hadn't spotted him sneaking into the container. We're all just thrilled he's okay.'
    Socks was taken to a vet and put on a drip to give him fluids. It was discovered his ordeal had made his weight plummet to 2.1 kg - far below his ideal weight of 4kg.
    Ms Maher said she was still in shock.
    'I couldn't believe it, I still can't believe it. I am just overjoyed.
    'I was desperate to find him and had been searching the streets and putting posters up. I think I had started to give up hope.
    'When I went to the vets and saw him I just burst into tears. He was the same old Socks and was purring and rubbing up against me. I thought he would look very unwell, but he doesn't look too bad and has obviously been grooming his coat a lot.
    'I am just so happy to have him back.'
    Sharyn Wood, Coordinator of Cats Protection's Arbroath Branch, said it was an 'absolute miracle' that Socks survived.
    'As soon as I saw him I realised he must be Michelle's missing cat so I was thrilled to be able to ring her and say he's okay.
    'There was no water in the unit and certainly no food, so we can only assume he has survived by licking condensation.
    'Cats do have a habit of sneaking into all sorts of nooks and crannies, but I've never heard of anything like this before. Cats are remarkably resilient but to survive for over a month in those conditions it really quite amazing.'
    Cats Protection's Arbroath Branch is part of a nationwide network of 252 volunteer-run branches and 29 adoption centres that together rehome and reunite 55,000 cats every year.

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    Poor lovey-what an ordeal.
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    Our cat went missing for over 6 weeks and we assumed the worst. Then one day she came back, very thin and dehydrated, but otherwise OK. Her claws were quite blunt so the vet reckoned she'd been locked in a shed or something. I was amazed how she survived and he said that it's not uncommon for cats to survive for long periods of time without any real food or water.
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