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Microchip leads cat home after 10 years

By Associated Press
Published September 26, 2003

SAN CARLOS, Calif. - Call it Ted's excellent adventure, with a high-tech twist: A cat with an ID microchip implanted under his skin was returned to his owner 10 years after he jumped out a window and vanished.

Chris Inglis' sleek, black feline, Ted, was fitted with the chip when the technology was new in the early 1990s. Ted - named for Keanu Reeves' character in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure - was brought to the Peninsula Humane Society's animal shelter, which tracked down Inglis despite outdated information on the chip.

The cat was found about 13 miles south of where Inglis used to live in Burlingame. Where Ted spent all those years remains a mystery, but it appeared someone had been taking care of him.

When the pair reunited Wednesday, the cat "rubbed his face on my hand, climbed right up and started purring," Inglis said. "It's pretty monumental. It's almost surreal."

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