Mail carriers famously have lots problems with dogs along their route. But mail carriers encounter many other kinds of wildlife; too, from gators to birds. A mailman in New Zealand made fast friends with a house cat who meets him every day for a pet and a bike ride!
12. Tranaki, New Zealand
Levi Davis is a mail carrier in the small town of Tranaki, New Zealand. It’s the kind of town where everyone knows each other. This apparently includes cats as well. Davis has always been dedicated to his route, and he was happy to make friends with a feline who was also dedicated to delivering the mail.
11. Daily Visitor
Levi had encountered people’s pets before, and for the most part they were pretty good. A few dogs barked, but that was usually due to excitement, not a threat. However, one cat nicknamed Tortie became his daily visitor.
On one stop along the route, a cat waited outside for him every day. He was always on edge, and Levi wasn’t sure if he was friend or foe. It could have been possible that he was just jonesing to give the mail carrier a big scratch! The truth turned out to be far more fun.
9. Climbing the Fence
When the cat spotted Levi driving up on his bicycle, the cat would run to the fencepost and climb up by the mailbox. The mail carrier thought he might want to attack him, but instead he just wanted some attention and a short play session.
Levi finally figured out that Tortie as climbing up the fence to greet him. He would make a running start in front of the bike before leaping up to the fence. Then came his daring maneuver: jumping from the fence straight into the bike’s basket!
7. Standing Appointment
Tortie started doing this the first day Levi ever showed up in his neighborhood. The cat seemed to know the exact time to expect Levi each day, and he was always there in the yard waiting for his friend to start their routine.
6. All-Weather Cat
The cat is there in every kind of weather. It is clear Tortie believes they have a standing appointment for pets and bike rides. The two really have their routine down! You can tell that Tortie is smarter than the average animal.
5. Practice Makes Perfect
They even practiced to get the timing down. Levi gets into position with the bike as soon as he spots Tortie. He rides toward the fence, signaling to Tortie it’s time to climb. Tortie then rushes to the top of the fence and hops into the basket on the front of the bike.
Tortie always pauses on top of the packages of mail to make sure he gets his daily pets. Whatever it is, it makes Tortie extremely happy to see his friend. It doesn’t hurt that Levi apparently knows all the best parts to scratch.
Tortie purrs and preens to tell his friend that he had a good time. The cat’s owners simply get a chuckle at how much fun the cat has with the mail carrier. Anything to get the cat’s energy out – everyone knows that Torties have boundless energy.
Levi also enjoyed a fun break in the middle of his route. It gave him something to look forward to and something to plan for. It’s all part of being a mail carrier. This is just one of the many reasons Levi is so dedicated to his job.
1. A Day’s Work
Levi is a man with many interests, including rugby and Disney animation. The animators at Pixar would probably love his story. “My little buddy,” Levi wrote online. “Everyday I do the mail run this cat comes to see me … regardless of the weather.” All in a day’s work.