Being obligated to be stuck in one place can be boring for anyone. It’s refreshing to be able to get out and see your surroundings, even if it’s just for a quick bus ride.
One cat disliked staying in the house so much, he found a way to get some “me time” by catching the bus every day.
Casper’s name used to be Morse, but his owner Susan Finden told Telegraph that she decided to call him Casper—because he used to vanish like a ghost. Casper was a fearless cat that often wandered off to explore the world.
Despite Casper’s fearless nature, it did not stop Susan from being worried about her feline friend. She was afraid for his safety, so she tried to keep him in the house—but Casper was too clever for Susan. He always found a way outside.
“Casper has always disappeared for hours at a time, but I never understood where he was going,” Susan told Telegraph. “But then some of the drivers told me he had been catching the bus.”
“I couldn’t believe it at first, but it explains a lot. He loves people, and we have a bus stop right outside our house so that must be how he got started—just following everyone on.”
She added, “I used to catch the odd bus too, so maybe he saw me and got curious what I was doing.”
Susan explained that Casper would get on the #3 bus at 10:55 a.m. and take it to the city center, then it would turn around and come back again—and he was back home about an hour later. His routine became so regular that even the First Bus drivers knew Casper’s route.
A spokeswoman for First Bus said the firm even put a notice up in the office asking drivers to look after the non-paying passenger.
Rob Stonehouse, one of the drivers on the route, said, “He usually just curls up at the back of the bus. Sometimes he nips between people’s legs, but he never causes any trouble.” Casper travelled an estimated 20,000 miles on the bus.
Susan was so happy that the bus drivers were treating Casper so well, she wrote an article for the local paper. It went from Susan being fascinated by Casper—to the world being fascinated by him.
After all the traveling and miles of bus riding, one day Casper was hit by a motorist while on his way to catching his daily ride, according to Telegraph. The news of Casper’s passing spread around the world, and Susan also put up a sign at the bus stop breaking the bad news to other commuters who shared a ride with her pet.
While Susan was devastated, she decided to write a book about the cat’s commuting adventures, and there was even talk of a film on his life, according to Plymouth Herald. His memory also lived on in other creatures, as Susan promised to give all proceeds from the book to animal charities.
Susan herself passed away from heart problems last year, leaving behind four more cats with her husband Chris.
Susan’s sister Anna Burman said the 74-year-old woman loved animals and was “full of life and happiness.”
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