Dear friends, it is with heavy hearts and tears in our eyes that we bear the sad news that our beloved resident cat Coco has passed away after being hit by a car.
Coco joined the Scuba Lodge family in 2012 as a small kitten. Then hotel manager Annelies and staff member Lisanne picked her up from the animal shelter when Coco was still small enough to fit in the palm of a hand. There were lots of kittens in the shelter to choose from but Coco caught their attention. Coco was timid compared to the other kittens and she kept staring at them with her big eyes. This was a smart move because it landed her in a loving home, erm....hotel.
They brought Coco back to Scuba Lodge and introduced her to the rest of the team. Coco was just a few weeks old at the time, but already showed a lot of promise for her future role of resident cat. As expected, it didn’t take long for Coco to become everyone’s favorite. Our hotel guests loved her at least as much as we did and wherever Coco went, she put a smile on people's faces. From the very beginning she was spoiled rotten with food and love and so she quickly got used to her new life as a hotel cat.
Years ago, Coco had a brief affair with Bart, a red stray with bald patches who still wanders around the Pietermaai District to this day. The made somewhat of an odd-looking couple and we lovingly nicknamed them ‘Lady and the Tramp’. They had a good run, but Coco prefered to spend most of her time at the hotel while Bart felt the need to be out in the streets. Some relationships just aren't meant to be. And so after that, she devoted her life to napping, eating, and charming our guests.
Coco was definitely the ‘hostess with the mostess’. In addition to welcoming visitors (and keeping out rodent intruders), she accompanied security guard Jimmy during his night shifts, and would supervise the dive center whenever Daan and the team went out scuba diving with guests.
Coco has been a loyal friend and companion over the years ― both to our staff and our guests. She lead a full life and gave so much joy to all who have had the pleasure of knowing her! We can hardly believe that she is gone and she will be missed more than words can say.