Shanghai kitty: Chinese kitten stows away on US-bound freighter
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Shanghai kitty: Chinese kitten stows away on US-bound freighter

CARSON, California (AP) — A 3-month-old kitten appears alert after traveling from Shanghai to Los Angeles in a freight container on a boat.

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This photo provided by the Department of Animal Care and Control shows a department employee with a kitten that survived an ocean voyage from Shanghai to Los Angeles locked in a shipping container without food or water. Los Angeles County animal control officers say they're cautiously watching the health of a kitten found in a freight container shipped by boat from Shanghai. Officials say the 3-month-old kitten traveled 6,500 miles without food or water before arriving Wednesday, July 11, 2012. Pic: AP

The orange-and-white short-haired kitten traveled 6,500 miles (10,460 kilometers) without food or water and arrived Wednesday, officials say. Los Angeles County animal control officers are cautiously watching his health.

The kitten was retrieved from the container at a business where it was delivered.

Animal control director Marcia Mayeda says the kitten ate and slept well at the Carson Animal Care Center. He woke up Thursday alert and responsive.

Mayeda says workers named him Ni Hao, which means hello.

The kitten is quarantined, which is standard procedure after entering the U.S. from another country. When he recovers, gets his shots and is fixed, the shelter will look for foster and permanent homes.