Ernie, the six-toed orange-and-white tabby who once belonged to President Bush, was found roaming the Avenue of the Stars in Century City early Tuesday, some five miles away from his adopted home.
The 3-year-old feline wandered away from the spacious Brentwood Park home of his adoptive owner, Brad Freeman, nearly a month ago. He was found by a night watchman named Joseph Matthews who had seen news reports of the missing cat and immediately phoned Freeman.
"This is terrific news," said Noelia Rodriguez, Laura Bush's spokeswoman. She added that she was surprised that Ernie had traveled so far from his new home. "It's such a concrete commute, all those signals in between," she said. "He certainly proved that he's very adept at maneuvering the city."
What was Ernie doing so far from home?
"You'll have to ask him," Freeman said. "He looked a little scruffy."
Ernie was reunited with Freeman at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. The investment banker and Bush fund-raiser adopted Ernie in January, when the Bushes decided he wouldn't be making the move from Texas to the White House because he might claw the antique furniture.