Stowaway kitten found on flight from Egypt to UK

Cairo the stowaway kitten Credit: SWNS

A kitten is recovering after surviving in the cargo hold of a plane during a 3,000 mile journey.

The stowaway kitten managed to sneak onto the seven hour flight from Egyptian capital Cairo to the UK.

The ginger kitten - now named Cairo - was spotted by staff at Birmingham Airport on August 27 as they unloaded the Emirates aircraft.

Airline bosses have now agreed to stump up over £1,000 to pay for another three-and-a-half months of quarantine for the kitten.

She will then be transferred to Lina's Cat Rescue sanctuary in Derby at the end of December who will find her a home with one of their volunteer foster carers.

As well as being fostered, Cairo will have a full veterinary health check before being put up for adoption.

Sheryl Leonardi, founder of Lina's Cat Rescue, said "We have a strict 'No Kill' policy for healthy cats and when contacted by Solihull Council we were happy to take on the responsibility for all her costs. "

She was found as staff unloaded the Emirates Airline aircraft in Birmingham Credit: SWNS