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This cat has a whole lot of History!

This cat has a whole lot of History!

This history-loving puss has been returned home after living at the Black Country Living Museum — for the past 14 years!

Tiger, now 16, went out into his owner Laura Wells's garden in Dudley when he was just 18-months-old and never came home, instead made a new life for himself with the Museum’s Maintenance Team.

He became firm friends with Roger Colbourne who fed him and cared for him for over a decade, with Tiger waiting for him at the gates each morning.

Rachel, a veterinary nurse at White Cross Vets in Wolverhampton, spent months desperately searching for her pet ‘Snitch’ but eventually gave up and resigned herself to having lost him forever. But then Snitch's real identity came to light when a microchip scan revealed that he had once belonged to Rachel, who coincidentally now lives a few doors away from the museum.

Roger says: “I was astounded to learn about Tiger’s past. I have grown extremely close to him over the years and can’t imagine life without his companionship. I see him almost every day and the maintenance team all have a special bond with him — someone’s always fussing him or treating him. We can’t help but feel duped — I thought someone had abandoned him, when the truth was he had run away from a perfectly good home and loving owner.”

Rachel adds: “I spent months putting up posters and trying to find him, but it proved fruitless. “When he finally reappeared after all these years I couldn’t believe it and especially because he’s now living so close to me. It’s a huge relief to know that he’s safe, well and is being so well looked after by Roger and the Black Country Living Museum.”

Tiger’s chip will be renamed to Roger and he will remain at Black Country Living Museum with Roger — and has been given a job as a mouse catcher!