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Stowaway kitty Ni Hao finds new home in Redondo Beach

Photo: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control

Photo: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control

Photo: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control

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Photo: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control

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Photo: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control

Photo: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control

Photo: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control

Photo: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control

Photo: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control


Ni Hao's journey of 6,500 miles will end, fittingly, by the sea.

The stowaway kitten from Shanghai, trapped without food or water inside a shipping container bound for the Port of Los Angeles, is being adopted Thursday.

Found near death on July 11, the now five-month-old, 4 1/2 pound feline will be the newest member of a Redondo Beach family, L.A. County Department of Animal Care and Control officials announced.

The department received more than 80 applications to adopt Ni Hao -- which means "hello" in Mandarin -- while the tiny, male, domestic shorthair was kept in quarantine by the Health Department at Carson Animal Care Center. 

DACC's Evelina Villa told KPCC last month that the lucky boy was making marked progress.

"When Ni Hao came into our care, he was dehydrated, extremely weak, and was unable to open his eyes. When he came to us, he was just under 2 lbs and now, he is gaining weight, has a GREAT appetite, and we’ve even started to feel palpable muscle mass. And, his eyes are open.  He’s making great progress! His prognosis looks great!"

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Stowaway kitten from Shanghai poses for new pics

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Photo: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control

Ni Hao now.

Ni Hao before.

Photo: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control

Photo: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control

Photo: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control

Photo: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control

Photo: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control

Photo: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control

Photo: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control

Photo: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control

kitten stowaway

Photo: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control


The stowaway kitten who survived a two-week ocean voyage from Shanghai, China inside a freight container, is hanging in there, say officials.

Making eyes at the media on Wednesday, the tiny Ni Hao – meaning "hello" in Mandarin – showed off his 3.3 lbs physique. The orange and white Domestic Shorthair Mix was found inside a container on July 11 at a business in Compton.

Evelina Villa with the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control told KPCC, "it’s incredible that Ni Hao survived for such a long time" without food or water.

"When Ni Hao came into our care, he was dehydrated, extremely weak, and was unable to open his eyes. When he came to us, he was just under 2 lbs and now, he is gaining weight, has a GREAT appetite, and we’ve even started to feel palpable muscle mass. And, his eyes are open.  He’s making great progress! His prognosis looks great!," she said in an email.

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