Cargo Cat

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A 12-year-old orange tabby cat named "Pumpkin" is said to be doing well, after going three weeks without food or water in the cold cargo hold of a passenger jet.

The feline flew from England to Germany last month, and was supposed to get on a connecting flight to Washington, DC. She never made it.

Andrea Barlow says she found the cat's carrier broken and empty when she tried to retrieve it in Munich on December 28th. United Airlines crews searched for the cat, who was nowhere to be found... until Wednesday.

United cargo workers found the tired, hungry animal yesterday at Denver International Airport. She was taken to a veterinary clinic for treatment of starvation and extreme dehydration.

Vets say Pumpkin could be well enough to return to Washington by this weekend.

United plans to fly the cat home -- in the passenger cabin.

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