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Published July 12 2012

Kitten survives freighter trip from Shanghai to LA without food, water

CARSON, Calif. — A 3-month-old kitten appears alert after traveling from Shanghai to Los Angeles in a freight container on a boat.

The orange-and-white short-haired kitten traveled 6,500 miles without food or water and arrived Wednesday, officials say. Los Angeles County animal control officers are cautiously watching his health.

The kitten was retrieved from the container at a Compton-area business where it was delivered.

Animal control director Marcia Mayeda says the kitten ate and slept well at the Carson Animal Care Center. He woke up Thursday alert and responsive.

Mayeda says workers named him Ni Hao, which means hello.