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January 13th, 2005, 09:22 PM
U.S. air force helps evacuate 100-plus tsunami-orphaned cats and 1 dog

Canadian Press

January 10, 2005


BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) - The U.S. air force on Sunday helped move some forgotten survivors of the destructive tsunami that wiped out parts of southern Thailand - more than 100 homeless cats and a single dog whose owners are believed to have perished.

The crew of an air force transport plane, which has been flying relief missions to the region, agreed to bring the 122 cats and lone canine passenger to Bangkok after an appeal from a Thai animal protection society whose volunteers had rescued the four-legged survivors.

In Bangkok, the animals will be placed under the care of the Thai Animal Guardians Association until new homes can be found for them, said Tassanee Mohwang, an official with the group.

The orphaned pets were found on Phi Phi island, one of the Thai resort areas hardest hit by the Dec. 26 tsunami, she said. Thailand suffered about 5,300 confirmed human fatalities in the calamity, with more than 3,500 people still unaccounted for.

Tassanee said some of the animals on Phi Phi were discovered taking shelter in ruined homes, while others were turned over by police. Their owners are believed to be missing and are presumed dead.

Phi Phi island's residents predominantly are Muslims, who traditionally prefer cats to dogs, said Tassanee, explaining the preponderance of felines.

She estimated that more than 100 abandoned cats remained on Phi Phi and said the association would soon launch another rescue mission with specialists from the World Society for the Protection of Animals.

The Massachusetts-based group has organized teams of rescue specialists and veterinarians to travel to India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand, all severely affected by the tsunami.

The Canadian Press 2005

January 13th, 2005, 09:34 PM
Oopsies, sorry about the title. I noticed that story had already been posted, so I changed it to something else but for some reason it won't change the title to the one I want it too, it just keeps the old one. :p