Cats Matilda and Thomas, and their housemates, three chipmunks, left Athens today.

Their owner, Victoria, a languages teacher, has been planning their trip for months. No five pets could have been more perfectly prepared. You can tell the chipmunks are well loved as they have everything a chipmunk could possibly want for the journey — mealworms, hazelnuts and apples. And in case we run out or get stuck, a diet sheet!