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Published: Apr 22, 2011

A calico cat surprised rescuers over the weekend when she appeared on the shore of Governors Island in New York. The feline was covered in seaweed, and it's believed that she swam across the New York Harbor, according to the New York Daily News.

Guards on the remote island discovered the cat on Sunday, April 17. Despite the fact that she was matted with salt water, the feline seemed in good spirits and was allegedly quite friendly. It is believed that she was swept out into the harbor following a large storm. The cat's age is unknown, and it is unclear whether or not she had an owner before her discovery.

For now, the cat has been taken in by workers on the island. They feed her cans of tuna and cat food, and allow her to live a quiet lifestyle on the docks of the island, which is not yet open to the public.

In situations like these, it may be necessary for cats to be taken to a veterinary health expert for an exam. Pet emergencies should not be taken lightly, as animals can suffer from unseen injuries that can only be diagnosed by a vet.