Ian, Naomi and Bethany (2) Simpson reunite with their cat,
Riley, at the Otago SPCA haven on Saturday. Photo by Linda
It was a meeting more than two years in the making.
But when 2-year-old Bethany Simpson came face to face with
the cat that went missing from her parents' home just before
her birth, she only had one question: ''What's she doing?''
The Simpson family, who had not seen their missing cat,
Riley, since a week before Bethany was born in 2012, were
amazed to see the cat's picture in the Otago Daily
Times on Thursday.
Ian Simpson, of Dunedin, said his wife, Naomi, cried after
recognising Riley - who was featured in the newspaper after
being badly injured and taken to the Otago SPCA haven with a
slipped collar around its belly.
''It's surreal; it's been more than two years,'' he said.
The Simpsons adopted Riley from the SPCA in 2009, when they
lived in Moana Cres, Musselburgh, and the family re-adopted
the cat on Saturday.
They said they were pleased to have their cat back and were
excited at Bethany and Riley meeting.
And Bethany's first impression?
''She has big eyes,'' Bethany said.
Riley disappeared after the Simpsons moved to Andersons Bay
in 2012 and, despite many searches, the family could not find
Earlier this year, Riley was taken into the care of the Otago
SPCA after being found in Moana Cres with a slipped collar
around its belly in a ring of rotted flesh.
When the cat was not claimed, the shelter named it Moana.
The couple arranged to visit Moana's foster home on Thursday
night and knew instantly it was Riley.
While Riley was comfortable being petted and held by the
Simpson family, she now faces adjusting to life with the
family's other cat, Pan.