Willow the Cat Meets Anderson Cooper


It’s no great surprise that the story of Willow the cat, who went missing in Colorado five years ago and was just found on 20th Street in New York City, has captured the hearts and minds of Americans and beyond. After all, she’s a cat — people love cats! — and the mystery of what she was up to all that time is delicious.

Did she find her own place in Colorado, get a boring 9 to 5 job in, say, insurance, work her way into a cross-country transfer, and then — numbed by the oppressive dullness of it all, decide to go out on her own and maybe finally make those acting dreams come true in the Big Apple? Was she simply going to pick up her laundry, or maybe check out some head shots, when a man saw her on the street, and, thinking she was a stray, scooped her up and took her to a shelter? What is she thinking? Does she even want to go back to Colorado?

Anderson Cooper is among the many in the media captivated by the story (or at least, his producers are), so she got a guest appearance on his show (preview above), where she was re-introduced virtually to her family and remained a wonderfully catlike blase about it all. Most of our questions remain unanswered, but she is a very cute cat, and we did find out that she is a trained shoulder-climber. Enjoy your 15 minutes, Willow!

Aannnnd….the mystery is over, solved by the folks at Gothamist. Willow was brought to New York by someone who found her as a stray while on a ski trip in Colorado. But we’ll always have our fantastical imaginings of her setting out, Jack Kerouac-style, to a destination all her own — a girl cat with no one telling her what to do.

Previously: Willow, Cat Lost in Colorado 5 Years Ago, Was Found on East 20th Street
NYC’s Favorite Transplant/Tourist Is Willow The Cat! [Gothamist]