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Pet cat disappears from Illinois home, turns up 700 miles away in NC

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RALEIGH, N.C. – A pet cat disappeared from his home in Illinois and somehow ended up more than 700 miles away in North Carolina.

The News & Observer reported that Roy Finley recently drove 24 hours to be reunited with his pet cat Lazarus.

Finley lives in southern Illinois and is still trying to figure out how Lazarus ended up in Raleigh, N.C.

Lazarus was found in a Raleigh neighborhood a few weeks after disappearing and was taken to the vet for a microchip inspection.

Finley told the paper his cat may have hitched a ride with some hunters that were recently in Illinois.

Cats can sprint up to 30 mph, so it is possible Lazarus could have reached Raleigh in 24 days if he sprinted nonstop, according to the paper.

“The main question I’ve been asked 100 times so far,” Finley said, “is how does a cat get to North Carolina. We asked him questions about what happened. Every so often, we get a meow out of him.”