Stowaway kitten travels 6,500 miles in container

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CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- Los Angeles County animal control officers say they're cautiously watching the health of a kitten found in a freight container shipped by boat from Shanghai.

Officials say the 3-month-old orange-and-white short-haired kitten traveled 6,500 miles without food or water before arriving Wednesday.

The kitten was retrieved from the container at a Compton-area business where it was delivered.

Animal control director Marcia Mayeda says the kitten ate and slept well at the Carson Animal Care Center. He woke up Thursday alert and responsive.

Mayeda says workers named him Ni Hao, which means hello.

The kitten is quarantined and being monitored, standard procedure after entering the U.S. from another country.

Mayeda says when the kitten recovers, gets his shots and is fixed, the shelter will look for foster and permanent homes.

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