A lost cat was reunited with its frantic owners after being found – 500 miles from home.

The seven-year-old black cat, named Lucy, went missing for two months from her home in the Isle of Wight earlier this month.

Her owners were out of answers when suddenly she was found on the Isle of Lismore, in the Inner Hebrides, Scotland.

It turned out the rascally moggy had hitched a ride to the far north in the horsebox of her neighbours who were moving to the island.

But in another stroke of luck for little Lucy airline Flybe stepped in to help and flew her all the way back to Southampton where she was reunited with her owners.

Lucy’s owner, Zara Ellis, was at Southampton Airport with her daughter and partner to welcome the intrepid kitty, said: “Thank you so much for all your help in rescuing Lucy on what really was an epic trip.

“It all went as smoothly as we could ever possibly have hoped.

“She is now home and quite frankly, delighted. She is already back in her usual spot and seems quite determined not to leave it. She is officially grounded! No more adventures for this cat for a while.”

A spokesman for Flybe said: “Everything went purr-fectly on the day and we were thrilled to play a part in what was a wonderfully happy family reunion.”

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Mum Zara added: "Now we are all ecstatic. It has been a long wait, but it has all been worthwhile, and I am so relieved she is back.

"Lucy was so happy to see us, she was purring and cuddling up to us, and I’ve never seen Alice so happy."

Zara continued: "I cannot thank Flybe enough for all their help in bringing her home.

"Thanks also to the to Wightlink for giving us a free passage to go pick her up."