Clever kitten who made an elevator to fame! The author reveals his Instagram after multiplying 50 TIMES overnight after sharing snaps with a cat he found in the mountains
- Dean Nicholson travels with a kitten he found in the Bosnia region
- He went to Instagram to document her trip from Montenegro to Albania
- Their plans to cycle across Russia to China have been postponed due to a pandemic
by Dean Nicholson, with Garry Jenkins (Hodder £ 18.99, 272 pages)
One day in December 2018, Dean Nicholson was riding his bike through a mountain region in Bosnia. Not long after 30, the Scot didn't know, but his life was about to change.
He heard a low, high-pitched noise behind him. Maybe it was coming from his back wheel and he had to stop to apply some oil. Then he listened again and realized what the tone was.
It meowed. "A skinny, gray and white kitten scurried down the street, desperately trying to keep up with me."
Dean Nicholson has written a book about the adventures he had with his kitten Nala (picture), which he found while cycling through a mountainous region in Bosnia
The kitten had clearly been abandoned. Dean couldn't let it die. He put it in the front pannier of his bike and drove on.
After a few hundred meters the kitten crawled onto Dean's arm and wrapped itself around his neck.
A bond had been created. As Dean writes in this charming account of the couple's later travels, "It was fate".
His first job was to smuggle the kitten into Montenegro. His second was to name his new companion. He chose Nala from a character in The Lion King, one of his favorite childhood films.
As the couple drove through Montenegro to Albania, they realized that Nala was a "popular magnet".
They were an unusual sight. It wasn't every day that you saw "a tall, bearded, tattooed guy on a bicycle with a kitten on his shoulder like Long John Silver's parrot". As they traveled on to Greece, Nala's pet passport now sorted, they continued to attract attention. Dean recorded her travels on Instagram.
Dean said his Instagram followers rose from 3,000 to 300,000 after a video of him and Nala (pictured) was posted on a popular website
When a popular website posted a video of him and Nala, something amazing happened. One morning he woke up to find that they were famous.
Overnight, his Instagram followers had multiplied fifty times, from 3,000 to 150,000. A few days later it was 300,000. The original video was viewed five million times.
Emails and private messages poured in. Journalists contacted Dean. Nala received gifts from her worldwide fans. (Unfortunately, many arrived with taxes still to be paid. Once, Dean gave € 50 for a package that ended up with a stick with a feather on it.)
NALA & # 39; S WORLD by Dean Nicholson with Garry Jenkins (Hodder £ 18.99, 272 pages)
Dean also saw the power of her growing social media fame. He continued to travel through Turkey, Georgia, and Azerbaijan before returning to Europe, raising thousands of pounds for a variety of good causes.
No doubt he and his cat would still be traveling (he had plans to cycle around Russia and China) if it hadn't been for Covid-19. We can only hope that they'll both be back on their bikes soon.
As a travel writer, Nala's world is no exception. Whether you're kayaking in Santorini, encountering a refugee camp in Greece, or even fleeing his tent naked to escape a roaming bear in Turkey, Dean's experiences aren't so remarkable as to warrant a full-length book.
As a chronicle of an extraordinary friendship between humans and animals and its unexpected consequences, however, it is absolutely delightful.
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