Charlie the cat is back 5 years later
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A cat that went missing five years ago has been reunited with his owner in Indiana. The cat and his owner have a microchip implanted in the cat to thank.
WANE-TV reports the 10-year-old cat named Charlie showed up at Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control.
Workers there scanned the cat and discovered Charlie had a microchip that identified Virginia Fryback of Fort Wayne as his owner.
Fryback says Charlie disappeared from her home five years ago. She thought she'd never see him again. She thanks the veterinarian who convinced her to get a microchip when Charlie was a kitten.
The microchip might have saved Charlie's life.
Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and transmit information via radio waves. They can contain information. And in this case, Charlie's microchip contained information about his owner.
Critical thinking challenge: Why was it important for Charlies owner to get the microchip implanted when she first got him?