BILLINGS — Montana life hasn’t always been easy for 10-year-old Mufasa, the overweight tomcat. Adventuring outside of owner Jessie Connolly’s Big Timber ranch has led to rattlesnake bites and being soaked by a high-pressure hose.
But the Billings Gazette reports that Mufasa’s Friday morning adventure was his first 90-mile journey.
The cat walked six miles to a gas station and climbed onto a pickup bed. He was still there when the truck merged onto Interstate 90.
Highway Patrol Trooper Alexander Velasquez took the hitchhiker into custody after a call from a passing driver.
Velasquez, who calls himself a big animal person, struggled to find a shelter that wouldn’t euthanize the cat. He finally brought Mufasa to a Billings shelter that posted his story on social media.
The post made its way to Connolly, who made arrangements to pick up the tomcat.
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