Stowaway cat steals hearts at air show

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Based on a collection of Fb posts, the Scholten household launched into a 1200-mile journey from St. Albans, Maine, to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on July 22 to see the legendary EAA AirVenture air present. Often known as the “World’s Best Aviation Celebration,” the weeklong occasion attracts over 500,000 folks to see greater than 10,000 plane.

Information Middle Maine experiences that 15 hours and 900 miles down the highway, in Toledo, Ohio, the household stopped for a routine pit cease and acquired an unbelievable shock. Their cat Delilah had secretly hitched alongside for the journey within the household camper.

“I open the door, and there is Delilah,” Andrea Scholten instructed Information Middle Maine. “I simply screamed ‘Delilah!’ and my husband and the youngsters have been like ‘Delilah!’”


“She should have snuck in when Jay loaded the pillows this morning,” Andrea wrote on Fb.

So what was the household to do with their cat? Take it to the air present or board it someplace in Ohio? They have been two-thirds of their approach to the occasion in order that they determined to take the cat together with them and hope for one of the best. “We went to Goal, we purchased her meals, litter, a collar that we may write her identify on as a result of we have been fully unprepared for this,” Andrea added.

“The plan to this point is to see how she does as a camper cat. If she doesn’t do effectively, we’ll need to discover a kennel,” Andrea wrote in a Fb put up.

The Scholtens shared the story on Fb with the hashtag “stowawayoshkoshcat” and posted updates to the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2022 web page. The posts shortly went viral and Delilah turned essentially the most well-known pet on the air present.

Individuals requested for extra pictures of Delilah on Fb so the Scholtens saved them coming.

“We thought it was humorous,” she instructed Central Maine. “I began posting to my Fb buddies and my husband began posting to the AirVenture and other people wished extra. That’s after we began the hashtag.”

The cat was successful on the air present. Individuals got here as much as their camper with presents for the sneaky feline and a skywriter drew an image of the cat within the sky above the air present.

After the air present, the household made it house safely. Delilah was a lot enjoyable to have on the occasion, they’ve determined to deliver her again subsequent yr.

“This threw us for a loop for certain, however she appeared to have enjoyable. We plan to do it once more subsequent yr,” Andrea instructed Central Maine.

To commemorate her first journey to the EAA AirVenture air present, the Scholtens are going to purchase Delilah a brick below the famed Brown Arch on the airfield. The arch is surrounded by 3,000 inscribable bricks the place folks can go away their mark and develop into a everlasting a part of the air present’s historical past. The Brown Arch was the unique flight line on the EAA Fly-In at Oshkosh and is essentially the most identifiable landmark on the huge property.

Who is aware of, Delilah could make historical past as the primary cat to be inscribed on the landmark.

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