Eight-month-old Sinbad managed to survive the trek from Egypt to England, thanks to some very comfy bedding

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April 06, 2015 12:25 PM

If you have to spend 16 days trapped in an overseas shipping container, this is how you should do it.

An 8-month-old kitten named Sinbad survived for that long in a container full of luxury linens that hailed from Egypt and made its final stop in Hereford, England.

The cat, named for Sinbad the sailor, hopped on the container on March 8 and was discovered by workers 16 days later when he was unloaded in Moreton-on-Lugg.

“I think he gave the [truck] driver and the staff at Mediterranean Linens quite a shock when they found him back in Hereford! They called the RSPCA and we obviously came out to rescue him,” Pippa Boyd, an inspector for the RSPCA, said in a statement on their website.

“I could hear him as soon as I arrived on scene, meowing his heart out. He’s quite a vocal but extremely friendly lad,” she added. “He was brushing up against me, craving attention, and he clearly has a very sweet but adventurous little personality!”

The cuddly guy made the most of his cozy situation, making a comfortable bed for himself among the linens. But without any food or water to speak of, it’s amazing that he was able to arrive alive.

“The poor thing was extremely hungry and thirsty after such a long journey without any nourishment, so we have been feeding him carefully ever since, as he cannot cope with a full feed at the moment,” she said.

The orange kitty is legally required to go through quarantine to determine whether it’s safe for him to remain in the U.K., which will take four months and is costly, according to The Telegraph. A fund to help cover the costs has been set up.

“Sinbad really is such a friendly and unique boy, he will make someone out there very happy one day soon,” Boyd added.

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