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American cat in France will fly home to family thanks to her Pet Id Tags

Emily the cat will soon bid au revoir to France.

"It looks like we will be reuniting Emily with her family," Courtney Wilcox, a Continental Airlines spokesman, said Thursday. Emily, a year-old tabby, disappeared from Lesley and Donny McElhiney's home in Appleton in late September. A month later, surprised workers at Raflatac, a laminating company in Nancy, France, found Emily, thin and thirsty, in a container of paper bales.

Apparently, her adventure began during a hunting expedition at the Kensington Drive distribution center of the paper company Appleton. The distribution center is near the McElhineys' home. Emily traveled in the container by truck to Chicago, by boat to Belgium and from there to France.

Fortunately for her, she was wearing tags, which not only saved her life — the French usually euthanize unidentified four-legged cargo — but also allowed the laminating company to trace Emily to her veterinarian.

Emily will remain in French quarantine until the end of the month. Then, Continental will fly her to the U.S. Meanwhile, Wilcox said, "We're told that she's doing very well in France and being fed lots of French food."