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post #1 of 11
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This story appeared in today's Tampa Tribune.

Feb 12, 2002

A Cool Cat

Curiosity killed a cat - almost.
The latest twist on this age-old proverb happened last week at Berth 80 Maher Terminal on the waterfront in Newark, N.J.
It was there, early Jan. 29, that a black cat was discovered - nearly frozen to death - in a huge refrigerated wine cargo container that had been shipped across the Atlantic from a vineyard in Italy's Tuscany region.
Surprised Marchesi Antinori Wines workers, who found the frost-covered feline when they opened the 1,200-case shipment, feared the worst. The 2-year-old, green-eyed male didn't move, didn't react to a flashlight and couldn't even be coaxed by a bowl of milk.
``Everyone thought he was dead,'' said Francine Bryan Brown, a spokeswoman for the wine importer.
An animal rescue unit was called, and the cat - which was lucky despite the color of its coat - was ultimately revived. He' has been recovering at Newark's Associated Humane Societies.
The workers who found him dubbed him Peppoli, for the brand of chianti that was in the container.
They said the cat may have been poking around in the container just before he was locked inside and the cargo ship set sail on the three-week Italy-to-New Jersey voyage.
Peppoli survived, they believe, on the condensation that can gather along the edge of the 40-foot-long container, which is kept at 55 degrees while at sea.
Wine company workers were trying to discover whether Peppoli - who was not wearing a collar - has an owner who misses him in Italy. If not, they said, they'll keep him.
post #2 of 11
Wow - I guess all black cats are not unlucky (hehehe). Glad this story had a happy ending - about time!
post #3 of 11
That cat was lucky! It would be really neat if they found his owners in Italy.
post #4 of 11
OMG that cat is really lucky to be alive!!
post #5 of 11
that story reminds me of the last Third Watch i saw, did you see that one Deb... with the frozen lady in the ground ?

maybe i was frozen but not completely dead in another life,
that would explain my fear of snow & ice, and being cold, fear of winter basically... :confused2
post #6 of 11
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That lady frozen in the basement floor was riveting!!!!!

What an episode! Glad I finally found somebody who saw it.
post #7 of 11
hey, glad to be that somebody Deb

it was quite intense, i was frozen to my chair har har

i try not to miss Third Watch (i'm fairly new to the series, i've only been watching it about 2 months)
and i never miss ER and Law & Order - talk about riveting television drama !!

we should have our very own Third Watch/ER/Law&Order thread, Deb

post #8 of 11
Poor thing I bet he was freakin' out. I saw this newsreport recently where this guy lost his wallet and it was found in Japan over one year later! Jeesh! It was lost in some corn field or something and they shipped it ....blah, blah, blah...as the story goes, I'm sure you can figure out the rest.

post #9 of 11
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Originally posted by blue
hey, glad to be that somebody Deb

we should have our very own Third Watch/ER/Law&Order thread, Deb

Hey Blue,

Let's start one up after the Olympics. ER was pretty riveting the last 2 weeks, as well, with Mark and Elizabeth's baby and the OD. If they ever repeat old 3rd Watches, you have to tune in. Some of last season's were awesome!
post #10 of 11
also the scenes with Luca ... oh my gosh !!

got my you-know-whats hard
post #11 of 11
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Luca beating the living crap out of that wife-beater guy was supreme.
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