Casper, below, is one of the reasons I love cats. I don't think they'll ever run out of ways to surprise us and endear themselves to me.
This picture and the story appeared in the Telegraph a few days ago. Casper is a 12-year-old cat who looks spookily like my tortie-and-white longhair Cassie - but, unlike her (usually), Casper "loves people". His owner couldn't understand why he'd been disappearing every day for the last four years - it turned out he was jumping on the bus along with everyone else at the bus stop just outside his garden!
He catches the 10:55 bus and goes, from the sounds of it, all over Plymouth. A bus driver named Rob Stonehouse told the Telegraph, "He usually just curls up at the back of the bus. Sometimes he nips between people's legs but he never causes any trouble."
He's getting old now, so "the drivers often have to shuffle him off at the right stop. A spokeswoman for First Bus said the firm has put a notice up in the office asking them to look after the non-paying passenger." I bet many of the drivers and passengers love little ghostly Casper to pieces! And I do wish I could catch that bus!