Susanne Alsing, a Danish citizen, has promised a reward of ISK 100,000 (USD 826, EUR 612) to the person who finds her black tabby Nuuk, which escaped from a private jet on Reykjavík Domestic Airport on Monday night and has been missing since.
Six cages with food intended to tempt Nuuk were placed in the vicinity of the airport last night but they remained empty this morning and the food was left untouched, ruv.is reports.
The Reykjavík Air-Ground Rescue Organization was called out to look for the cat as the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST) was concerned that it might carry infectious diseases.
District veterinarian at MAST Konráð Konráðsson said it hasn’t been decided whether the search for the cat will continue. The institution has made sure that the cat has been vaccinated for all the main viral diseases in Denmark.
According to law, all animals that come to Iceland must be kept in quarantine for a certain amount of time. The institutions stress that people who have pets should not take the cat into their homes as they might get infected.
“It appears that Nuuk managed to activate the stairs, open the door and run away,” Alsing, who was making a stopover in Iceland on her way to the U.S., told Fréttablaðið.
Nuuk is black with a white spot on its neck and was wearing a pink collar the last time Alsing saw it. “Find Nuuk, catch her and call me right away. I’ll be there immediately, day or night.”
Nuuk has a micro tag with the number: 958-000-002-337-862 and the code: EFP055 is tattooed in its ear.
Konráð at MAST told ruv.is that he would like to thank everyone who participated in the search for the cat so far. Members of the Reykjavík Air-Ground Rescue Organization had received a number of hints and located many cats, he said—just not the right one.