BEDFORD, N.H. — Animal rescue league officials say they don’t know how a black cat walked about 6 miles in three days to find his way back home in New Hampshire.

Wollie the cat has been reunited with Barbara Oliphant.

WMUR-TV reports she began caring for the stray last summer. But when her husband was hospitalized with a stroke, she said she couldn’t give Wollie much attention and turned him over to the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire in Bedford in early June.

Her husband began getting better, and Oliphant missed Wollie terribly. Her daughter secretly adopted him on June 23, but Wollie poked a paw through his zippered carrier in the parking lot and escaped.

Three days later, Oliphant said she spotted Wollie crossing a road leading to the house.