Berlin family’s cat returns after seven years

Forget the return of Star Wars. For a family in Berlin, this Christmas saw the return of Miko -- their cherished black and white cat which went missing in the German capital in 2008.

Berlin family's cat returns after seven years
Miko the cat meets the now 18-year-old Elena Hanke. She was just eleven when her cat went missing. Photo: Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa
“A family from Berlin-Charlottenburg (neighbourhood) this year experienced a Christmas story with a particularly 'happy ending',” announced an association for the protection of animals on Saturday.
“They learned on Christmas day that their cat Miko had been found — seven years later,” said the group which
runs a refuge for animals where the cat was identified.
Miko had been discovered by people in Berlin's Keuzberg neighbourhood — just a few kilometres from its old home turf — and taken to the refuge where workers were able to contact the owners because the cat had an identity chip.
Elena Hanke was 11 years old when she searched in vain for missing Miko. Along with her father and sister Jennifer she came to the shelter to recover the long-lost pet, the association said.
After years as a runway, Miko was “a bit too thin”, but still healthy, the veterinarian at the refuge told the delighted family.  

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Escaped mentally ill prisoner remains at large in Cologne area

Police are searching for a mentally ill prisoner convicted of killing his neighbour after he escaped from a secure psychiatric hospital in Cologne, western Germany.

Escaped mentally ill prisoner remains at large in Cologne area
Photo: DPA

Otto Krüger, 67, was granted permission to temporarily leave his ward at 1:45pm on Sunday but he failed to return to the facility at the agreed time.

Now police are warning the public not to approach the man, who is dependent on medication and can be “very aggressive”.

It is thought he could be in or around the cities of Cologne and Bonn in North Rhine-Westphalia.

In 1998 the man kicked his 78-year-old neighbour to death in Bad Godesberg, south of Bonn. The following year he was placed in a closed psychiatric ward by a Bonn court.

The man had previously gone missing in December 2014 during an accompanied visit to a Christmas market. RP Online reported that he was on the run for two weeks but was caught after witnesses spotted him in a bistro.

Police have asked anyone with information on Krüger's whereabouts to contact them.