Cat Helps Save Hiker

March 11, 2012

By now, everyone has probably read about the rescue of longtime missing hiker, Margaret Page, AND her cat, in a New Mexico national forest.  There is some controversy on why she was lost so long, but that will be argued somewhere else. Maybe this stretches things a little, but I do believe the loyalty and companionship of Maya (Miya?), Page’s cat, is how Page survived the near month ordeal.

Of course, I thought it was a little unusual to be hiking with your cat in the first place.  Did Page carry the cat in a backpack? Or did the cat walk beside her? They must be a very attached pair with a strong bond, as the cat stayed with Page the entire time. That is fortunate, as there were bound to be a lot of predators that would have loved a tasty meal of feline.  The cat has also been said to have done some “hunting” itself and although thin was in better shape than Margaret, who lost about 25 pounds.  They were so lucky there was drinking water nearby!

Rescued hiker Margaret Page and Maya the catBut they stayed together and were finally rescued. Separated for a night, they are now reunited amid all the limelight, waiting for life to get back to normal. I’m very happy for them both!

What do you think about hiking with a cat? Is it something you would do? I think I will pass on that myself.