Lost Cat Found at JFK Airport 2 Months After Going Missing

The cat fell from a ceiling tile in the customs room.

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    Jack the Cat went missing at the American Airlines baggage center at JFK on Aug. 25 and was found Tuesday.

    A cat lost for two months since it went missing from a baggage center at John F. Kennedy Airport has been found safe.

    American Airlines reports that the feline, known as Jack the Cat, was found in a customs room and was taken to a veterinarian. A family friend of the owner told NBC New York that the cat was discovered after it fell from a ceiling tile.

    Jack was more fortunate than Bastian, a cat belonging to Teresa Krzywicki of Baltimore, who went missing on a layover in Dallas-Fort Worth in 2010.  To date, Bastian has never been found.

    A Facebook page dedicated to Jack reported Wednesday that owner Karen Pascoe spoke to the vet, who told her that he is being fed through a nasal tube and will need treatment for three to five days.

    "There's every reason to believe he's going to be OK, but he definitely needs to get healthier before he can fly home," the update said.

    Jack disappeared in the American Airlines baggage center on Aug. 25, just before Hurricane Irene arrived in New York and forced airports to shut down for most of the weekend.

    Pascoe was flying with Jack and her other cat, Barry, to San Francisco that week to start a new job in California.

    She continued to California, but returned days later to keep looking for Jack. She also hired a pet detective at the time to help, but he was not found.

    American Airlines said its airport employees "have been focused on the search effort since Jack escaped" and promised to fly the cat out to California to be reunited with his owner.

    Two local women who have adopted Jack's cause posted on a Facebook page dedicated to him that they saw him briefly Tuesday night and can report "he looks tired but bright-eyed and dirty."