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Cookie The Cat Has Been Found!!

Lounging in the cat carrier

UPDATE | Cookie the cat has been found, after he went missing before boarding a flight from Brisbane to Cairns.  

Cookie managed to escape from his cat carrier while on the tarmac and waiting to be loaded onto the Virgin Australia flight.  

His owners Jessica and Jack Thomas received only his empty carrier and blanket but no Cookie this week. 

Jessica posted on Facebook that the feline escaped from his cage but it is not clear how.  

Virgin Australia confirmed in a statement on Tuesday that Cookie had been found.

The statement read "We are pleased to have found Cookie safe and sound after an extensive search and we look forward to reuniting him with his owners".

"We will continue to investigate how this incident occurred and we will review and update our processes accordingly" the statement concluded.  

9 News reports Cookie was found under a shipping container at Brisbane airport.

EARLIER | A couple is heartbroken after their pet cat, a wedding present, vanished ahead of a flight from Brisbane to Cairns.

Cookie the cat was supposed to travel on a plane from Brisbane to Cairns on Monday, but he never appeared.  Sadly Jack and Jessica Thomas received an empty carrier and blanket.  

They also sent their dog Rambo north on the Virgin flight and he made it.  

Media reports suggest that no one from the airline got in touch with them to let them know there had been a problem.

Jack and Jessica have since learnt that Cookie escaped from the cat carrier on the tarmac in Brisbane.  

The couple booked travel for their pets through JetPets, which said the approved travel crate should have been zip-tied closed in front of them, but the couple said that didn't happen.

Virgin has apologised for the error and has conducted several searches for the missing feline but to no avail.  

By Michelle Price