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Cat journeys 80 miles as a stowaway in family truck

Posted on: January 18th, 2010 by

The calico cat is believed to have snuck into the truck while the couple stayed overnight at a hotelPerhaps she was just looking for a change of scenery, but a tabby cat stowed herself away under a family’s truck for more than 80 miles while they were on their way home from the Orange Bowl game.

After stopping at a hotel 80 miles away from their home in Iowa, Ed and Shelly Odeen heard a faint meow the next morning, according to PeoplePets.com. Getting their dog to sniff out the situation, the Odeens discovered the cat hiding between the spare tire and the bed of the truck, trying to keep warm.

The family named the cat Tebow after University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, who famously cried after his team lost.

"We named her Tebow because she’s a crier," daughter Becki told Gazetteonline.com.

After reaching out to local media outlets, a hotel worker notified the Odeen family saying the staff had been feeding the cat and believed she was a stray. However, she appears to be in good cat health despite living on the streets.

The Odeens are now grappling with whether they should keep her, as she’s become a much-loved member of the family.ADNFCR-2720-ID-19564043-ADNFCR

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