Lifestyle Pets One-Eyed Cat Missing 5 Years Found Alive in Shipping Container and Took a Helicopter Back Home The cat nicknamed "One-Eyed Joe" had been staying as a stray around Peterhead Prison in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, since going missing By Stephanie Wenger Stephanie Wenger Instagram Twitter Stephanie Wenger is a TV Writer/Reporter at PEOPLE. She joined the brand in 2021 as digital news writer, spanning across the site's verticals. She previously contributed to E! Online, HollywoodLife, Discover Los Angeles, Oscar.com and Hollywood.com. She appeared on air at AfterBuzz TV. She began her journalism career as an intern at Good Morning America and Access Hollywood. She graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor's in communications and received a Master's in journalism from the University of Southern California. People Editorial Guidelines Published on April 22, 2022 04:19 PM Share Tweet Pin Email On Friday, a one-eyed cat reunited with his family following five years away thanks to rescuers who flew the cat home in a helicopter after finding the feline stowed away in a shipper container. The Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) picked up the pet from an offshore shipping container near Scotland and gave him "a personal helicopter ride back to shore," according to a news release from the organization. "We've no idea how the cat ended up there but attended the heliport this morning to collect him," Aimee Findlay, an SSPCA animal rescue officer, said in the release. The shipping container carrying the cat ended up at an oil rig, where the humans reached out to the SSPCA for assistance getting the cat back on land. Amazon Delivery Driver Rescues Cat Tossed Out of Car Window in Iowa The feline nicknamed "One-Eyed Joe" was living as a stray around Peterhead Prison in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, before he made his way into a shipping container near the facility that was transported to the oil rig, according to the SSPCA. "The cat had been nicknamed 'One-eyed Joe' by the prison who had been feeding him for five years, but after checking him for a microchip, it turns out his real name is Dexter, and he has been missing for five years," Findlay said. Findlay added that the organization appreciates that the cat was "well looked for the time he was missing." Scottish SPCA Blind Cat Rescued from Rubble of Texas Animal Shelter Destroyed by Tornado and Named 'Nado' "But we're even more delighted to be able to reunite him with his original owner thanks to his microchip being up to date," she shared. The cat's owner Bridie Dorta told BBC Scotland that she was "quite shocked" to be reunited with Dexter. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free weekly newsletter to get the biggest news of the week delivered to your inbox every Friday. "He's always been a wanderer," she said. "He went away a few years ago, and we never heard anything about him since. We never expected him to end up back here." Teen Tries to Rescue Cat in Tree But Gets Stuck, Prompting Rescue: 'Cat Seemed to Enjoy the Commotion' Dorta told the outlet she hopes her feline will be able to stay in touch with the prisoners who helped him.