Willow the calico cat became famous around the world after she was found Wednesday wandering in New York five years after she disappeared from her Colorado home. And while most tried to imagine the adventures Willow lived, the head of New York’s Animal Control & Care agency, Julie Bank, said it was highly likely she had some human care in the Big Apple. If she had lived in the mean New York streets for any significant length of time she would likely be injured, or at least have fleas, notes the Associated Press.
“Instead, she’s chunky. She’s got weight on her. Her coat looks good. No fleas, no injuries,” Bank said. “She’s been fed.” So far though, no one has come forward to claim Willow. Even if they did though, the microchip that was embedded in Willow and tied her back to her Boulder, Colo. owners would likely trump any other claims of ownership.
Even Mayor Michael Bloomberg uttered some words about the cat, using it as an opportunity to tout the City’s greatness. “Cats reputedly have nine lives and [she] clearly wanted to spend at least one of them here in New York City,” Bloomberg said. “I just don't know what [she] was waiting for, why didn't [she] come here much earlier. But we wish [her] all the best.” Her time in New York isn’t quite over yet though. Before she flies back to Colorado, Willow will have to spend two weeks in foster care until she is issued a certificate of health, reports the New York Post.