02/20/2016 04:51 EST | Updated 02/20/2017 05:12 EST

Iraqi Migrants Reunite With Lost Cat In Norway

Volunteers found the cat and raised money for its vet bills.

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white cat tomcat posing as sphinx in front of camera. he was trying his best.

COPENHAGEN — Iraqi migrants in Norway have been reunited with their fluffy white tomcat, which disappeared in late October on the Greek island of Lesbos.

Rehab Al Alaf told the Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang on Saturday the nearly three-year-old cat named Kunkush is back with the family in Steinkjer, Norway — over 2,000 kilometres (1,240 miles) from where it ran away. She said volunteers found the cat on Lesbos, posted photos on social media and raised $1,640 to fund veterinarian and flight costs for it to be reunited with the family.

Rehab's mother, Suva Al Alaf, told Norway's Tronder-Avisa daily the family fled Mosul after threats by Islamic State militants. She and her five children trekked through Turkey with the cat in a basket, but it slipped away on Lesbos.


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