Bus-riding cat Casper killed in hit & run

Tue Jan 19, 2010 11:29am EST
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - A cat which became famous in Britain for riding on the buses around the southern English city of Plymouth has died after being run over, media reported.

Casper, a 12-year-old black and white cat, used to wait with commuters at a bus stop outside his home and then hop on to the number 3 bus to find a seat to curl up on.

The cat was so well-known on the service that drivers knew at which stop to let him off.

Casper's death was announced on a notice put up at his bus stop by his owner, the BBC and local newspapers reported.

"Many local people knew Casper, who loved everyone -- he also enjoyed the bus journeys," it said.

"Sadly a motorist hit him and did not stop. Casper died from his injuries. He will be greatly missed...he was a much loved pet who had so much character. Thank you to all those who befriended him."

The bus service, First Devon and Cornwall, said it was "devastated" by the cat's death.

"Casper touched many people's lives and clearly had a very exciting life traveling around Plymouth and who knows where else," a company spokeswoman said in a statement.

"I suspect he's now exploring heaven and is telling all the other cats up there about the many adventures he had."   Continued...