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The top 11 animal stories of 2011

By: Russell McLendon on Dec. 27, 2011, 7:43 a.m.
Willow the cat

Photo: ZUMA Press

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Willow the cat

Cougars aren't the only cats capable of slinking across America. A housecat named Willow completed an even longer trek in September, showing up in New York City five years after she vanished from her family's home in Colorado, which is about 1,800 miles away. Unlike the cougar, though, Willow likely had help.

"The cat was in very good condition, clean, a little chunky," a spokesman for Animal Care & Control of New York told Reuters. "So obviously someone was taking care of her." Still, if Willow can make it in New York — not to mention to New York — surely she can make it anywhere.

Shortly after reuniting with her family (pictured), Willow appeared on NBC's "Today" show: