January 23, 2008 / 4:38 PM / 12 years ago

Stowaway kitten takes plane ride in a suitcase

A one-month-old kitten sits in a pet shop in Amman April 14, 2006. A kitten survived a plane trip halfway across the United States after accidentally ending up in a suitcase, a newspaper reported on Tuesday. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji

MIAMI (Reuters) - A kitten survived a plane trip halfway across the United States after accidentally ending up in a suitcase, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Seth Levy’s suitcase, in which 10-month-old tabby Gracie Mae stowed away, was mistakenly picked up by the wrong person after a 2 1/2 hour plane trip from Fort Lauderdale in Florida to Dallas-Fort Worth airport in Texas.

But the man who took the suitcase called the kitten’s Florida home and spoke to Levy’s wife, Kelly, of Palm Beach Gardens, and agreed to hold the cat until her husband could pick it up, the Sun-Sentinel newspaper said.

“Hi, you’re not going to believe this, but I am calling from Fort Worth, Texas. And I accidentally picked up your husband’s luggage, and when I opened the luggage a cat jumped out,” Levy recalled the man telling her on the phone.

Reporting by Michael Christie; Editing by Doina Chiacu

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