February 26, 2016 – In late October last year, a family of five children, their mother and their cat, fled Mosul in Iraq to escape ISIS. They left behind their grandfather and six other cats. After safely reaching Turkey, they made the perilous journey across the sea to the Greek island of Lesbos in a rubber dinghy – a trip that cost them more than $US6,000.
Kunkush the cat had been carried in a small basket all the way from Mosul. But on landing in Lesbos, the distinctive looking long-haired white cat with yellow eyes leapt out of the basket and ran into rocks on the beach. Despite searches and help from locals and volunteers, Kunkush wasn’t found. His heartbroken family had to leave the island without him.