Every morning at the Stevenage railway station, commuters are greeted by an unusual sight – a ginger cat named Nala perched confidently on the ticket gates. Nala has become a local celebrity, breaking the monotony of daily commutes and capturing the hearts of those who pass through the station.
A Feline Celebrity
With her striking ginger coat and piercing eyes, Nala is hard to miss. She has been photographed hundreds of times by passersby, her images shared and adored on a Facebook group set up by her owner, Natasha Ambler. Nala's presence has transformed the station into a hub of warmth and camaraderie, a stark contrast to the usual hustle and bustle of commuter life.
Shaun Smith, the station manager, praised Nala for 'breaking down barriers' and creating a sense of community among passengers. 'She's become part of the station, part of the community,' he said. 'People look out for her, they care about her. She brings a smile to people's faces.'
Equipped with a GPS tracking device, Nala's whereabouts and adventures have become a topic of fascination for her followers. She has been seen visiting the nearby leisure park and even spending the night in a cinema. Despite some initial concerns about her safety, Nala's escapades have only endeared her further to the community. A second tag had to be added to her collar, assuring worried individuals that Nala is not lost but simply enjoying her adventures.
Animals and Community
Nala's story is a testament to the power of animals in fostering connections among people. As commuters trade stories of their encounters with Nala, they are also sharing moments of their day, forging bonds over shared experiences.
Moreover, Nala's presence serves as a reminder of the therapeutic power of animals. The simple act of stroking a cat can reduce stress and lower blood pressure, making Nala not just a local celebrity, but also a furry therapist to the harried commuters of Stevenage.
For owner Ambler, she hopes Nala's story inspires people to appreciate the joy animals can bring into their lives. 'Nala loves her adventures,' she said. 'Perhaps one day she'll even try to hop onto a train. But for now, she's happy being the station's cat, bringing joy to people's days.'