“One-eyed Joe”: a cat missing for five years found on a Scottish oil platform | Animals

A cat that had been missing for five years has been reunited with its owner after being found on an offshore oil rig.

Oil rig workers contacted the Scottish SPCA on Thursday after finding the animal in a shipping container originating in Peterhead.

On Friday, staff from the Scottish Animal Welfare charity recovered the microchipped cat, after it was returned to the mainland by helicopter.

The cat is believed to have been living as a stray around Peterhead Prison in Aberdeenshire.

Commenting on the rescue, SPCA animal rescue officer Aimee Findlay said she had ‘no idea how the cat ended up’ in the container – but he had been nicknamed One-eyed Joe by the prison officers who had been feeding him for five years.

She added: “After checking him for a microchip, it turns out his real name is Dexter,” she said.

“We are delighted that he was well cared for during the time he went missing, but we are even more delighted to be able to reunite him with his original owner, thanks to his updated microchip.”

According to residents, the cat chose to sleep in the prison, where the staff “take care” of him and he is “much loved”.

The charity has urged anyone who finds an injured animal or an animal in distress to contact its helpline on 03000 999 999.