Lismore family's desperate search for famous flood moggy
A CAT that made headlines during the March 2017 floods has gone missing, and her owners are calling on the public to help them find their beloved pet.
Wilson was rescued by the SES from a tree in the floodwater-swollen Wilsons River in Lismore.
Owner Cheyne Paul, who was involved in the cat's rescue as part of the SES crew, said Wilson was an indoor cat but previously had lived on a farm and could be making her way through the bush somewhere between Lismore and Gundurimba.
Wilson went missing from her Goonellabah home on December 22. She's described as being an affectionate but shy cat, of small build, black and white in colour, and has a distinctive blaze on her nose.
"It has been difficult, and we have been going out each night, calling her name in the hope she comes out as she makes her way more so at night than during the day," Ms Paul said.
She said Wilson was a valued member of the household and formed a great bond with everyone.
She said they were still actively engaged in the search and weren't giving up hope of finding Wilson just yet.
Even friends of hers in the SES have offered to help search for Wilson.
Anyone who sees Wilson is encouraged to contact The Northern Star on 6620 0500 or, if they catch her, to take her to the nearest vet as she's microchipped.
Wilson made headlines when she was rescued after spending about 30 hours stuck in a tree during the floods cause by ex-tropical cyclone Debbie.
Locals were first alerted to the-then kitten's plight when they heard a faint meowing.
Ms Paul and her daughter Skyla were very excited to pick up the kitten from the Lismore Veterinary Clinic.
"I dropped Wilson at the vet and left my name and number if she wasn't adopted," Ms Paul said.
"I wasn't looking for a cat, but destiny got in the way."
As for the name, it has stuck, Ms Paul saying that she really had no choice in the matter.