For six years, an Omaha family assumed they'd never see their missing cat again. Then the other day, they get a call from the Nebraska Humane Society. The stray had been found and identified because of the chip inside him.
"He will eventually clean up," said the father.
For the Ellefson's of Omaha, it's good to have Tiger around.
"I got him for my birthday and I was really excited," said Annika Ellefson. She got Tiger, the kitten, when she was five. She's 15 now -- and Tiger has been on a lengthy detour.
"It's been forever," said the mother.
It was 2006 and the Ellefson's neighbors were moving. That family used a POD to carry their belongings. When they opened the doors at the new home across the city -- Tiger jumped out.
That family tried to coax Tiger back with food but he never returned.
Tiger remained a memory for close to seven years. Then -- last week -- the Nebraska Humane Society called the family.
"I said, 'Wait a minute -- do you have him?'" said Amy Ellefson. "She said, 'Yes -- he was picked up as a stray.'"
Tiger had a chip put in him before the Ellefson's first got him from the Humane Society...and over the years, someone took care of him.
"He's chubby and he doesn't have claws," said Annika who noticed right away Tiger didn't have front claws. "I didn't think we'd ever find him again."
The family of animals has grown since Tiger was in the household. There's Phil the fish, Dexter the dog, Bessie the rat and others.
"He still looks cute," said the family.