A black cat that has spent 15 years living in a barn near Philadelphia has returned to his home, but is no longer welcome.
Pennsylvania state wildlife officials said Thursday that they were disappointed with the cat’s decision to return to the barn after 15 years.
The cat, named Ben, has been a resident at the property for almost 20 years, but has not been allowed to roam outside, the Pennsylvania Department of Natural Resources said in a statement.
He has been in a cage and in a pen in the barn since 2012, when he was a kitten.
The agency said the cat was kept in a box and fed from a plastic bowl, which is no different from a dog, but he was never allowed to interact with people.
Ben’s new home is located near a popular trail for hikers, a popular hiking destination, and a popular camping area, the statement said.
He is also known to be a bit of a tease, and when he is around people he often runs around the barn in a playful manner.
He will also occasionally bark at visitors, but this is not a problem, the department said.
Ben was euthanized in 2013 and his fate is unknown.
The department said the department was able to get a search warrant for his house and found a box containing Ben’s food.
The animal is expected to be adopted, the state said.