LOS ANGELES (AP) — An owner has been chosen for a kitten that survived a three-week voyage from Shanghai to Los Angeles without food or water.

Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control officials say Ni Hao (NEE’-how), which means hello in Mandarin Chinese, will be turned over to a Redondo Beach family on Wednesday.

The family was chosen from a list of 82 serious candidates who applied to adopt the stowaway. The kitten was found in a container delivered to a Compton company on July 11. It couldn’t walk, talk or see, but was rushed to the county’s Carson Animal Care Center in Gardena. Vets overseeing his recovery and quarantine have cleared him for release.

Muscle atrophy has given him a funny gait and that’s like to last a lifetime.

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