Train delayed by cat scratch

Nov. 4, 2010 at 5:32 PM

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- New Zealand railway officials said a train was delayed for half an hour due to injuries the driver sustained from a confrontation with a stowaway cat.

Nigel Parry, marketing and communications manager for KiwiRail, said the cat is believed to have hopped aboard the train at the Wairarapa station and was discovered when the train stopped at Wellington station, the Wairarapa (N.Z.) Times-Age reported Thursday.

The train driver attempted to catch the feline in a box but wound up with scratches that required bandages. The train was delayed while a replacement driver was located.

"It's very unusual indeed, in fact when I spoke to the train manager after his hand had been bandaged up he said he had been working in trains for four decades and it was first time he has been attacked by a cat," Parry said.

Parry urged the cat's owner to contact the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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