A cat has been reunited with its owners nearly three years after it went missing.
It was the morning after the May Bank Holiday in 2019 when four-year-old Daisy didn’t come home for breakfast.
As the hours went by, owners Fiona and Richard Storkey became increasingly worried, raising the alarm to neighbours and posting across social media groups in the hope she would be found.
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Days, months and even years went by and still no Daisy, leaving the family fearing the worst.
That was until two weeks ago – when the Storkeys received an unexpected phone call, announcing that Daisy had been found on a farm in Ramsden Heath, 15 miles away from her home in Broomfield.
Since January this year, Daisy has been living comfortably on the farm and being fed from afar by some friendly neighbours.
After nearly a year of encouragement, the neighbours finally gained enough trust to approach Daisy and have her micro chip scanned, identifying the Storkeys as the owners.
“There was a lot of confusion at first and then disbelief,” Fiona, 47, said.
“It is a mystery we will never solve, we don’t know what she has been up to all this time.
“It was only January that she turned up at the farm so we don’t know what she’s been doing for the year and half before that.”
Thankfully Daisy had been well-fed by her farmyard neighbours, arriving at her home rather chubbier than she left.
Daisy’s unexpected arrival was felt no more than by Fiona’s youngest son, Remi, now eight, who was only five when Daisy disappeared from the home.
“We knew very instantly it was her, it was very emotional,” she said.
“My youngest son and her were best friends, she used to sleep on his bed all the time and he absolutely adored her.
“When the lady brought her back home, she was really timid but after a few moments as soon as she saw our son, she couldn’t leave him alone for days.
“It was four days before his Birthday too so he was over the moon.”
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Fiona added: “You hear stories of cats missing for few weeks but we never thought in wildest dreams she would still be alive.”
Fiona is keen to encourage all owners to get their pets chipped – knowing that without it, they would never have been reunited with Daisy.
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