The zombie cat lives! A cat belonging to a Florida homeowner cheated death, and turned in one of its nine lives for another chance to roam about among the living. Look at what this cat dragged in – or up in this case: Itself!
Writes the Huffington Post on Jan. 27: “A Florida feline has been dubbed a ‘zombie cat’ after clawing his way out of an untimely grave. The cat’s owner, Tampa resident Ellis Hutson, 52, told ABC News he found his pet, Bart, in the road a couple of weeks ago.”
Bart was evidently hit by a car, and was found by Hutson on the side of the road, mangled, unmoving and in a pool of blood. Hutson said it was just too much for him to try to pick his beloved cat up; instead he enlisted the help of a neighbor, who buried Bart in the yard.
Incredibly, the broken and bedraggled Bart clawed his way out of the shallow grave he was in and showed up meowing at the neighbor’s door. “I open the door and my neighbor’s standing there with the cat in her hand,” Hutson said. “She said, ‘Bart is not dead.’ I said, ‘That’s impossible. We buried Bart.’”
The neighbor said she was certain that Bart was dead. “I looked at it, and I looked at it, and I didn’t see the chest moving up and down or anything,” she commented, “and I said, ‘you know, well look at the blood, it’s dead.’”
Buried yes, but the zombie cat returned in five days’ time, missing an eye and (if you’ll excuse the adjective) in dog-eared shape. Vets removed Bart’s damaged and infected eye, and surgically repaired his jaw. The black and white feline from Tampa is now getting all sorts of attention for his epic rise from the dead.
Hutson said he was initially unable to afford the veterinarian fees necessary for Bart’s surgery. That’s when the Humane Society of Tampa Bay stepped in, and through their Save-A-Pet Medical Fund, money was raised for the 23-month-old cat.
“We have seen many amazing cases at our full-service veterinary clinic, but this situation may take the cake,” the Humane Society said on its website.
The Daily Mail, which carried multiple pics of Bart during and after his surgery, said the cat “boasted gruesome injuries after his return.” Hutson has a theory about how Bart may have dug himself out – he thinks his pet may have received some assistance from a fellow feline, Bart’s brother, who also lives with Hutson.
“We have two cats and they play together all the time and they roam around with each other,” Hutson said. “He might have went looking for his brother and dug him up, but I have no idea.”
A GoFundMe page has been created to help care for Bart’s continued medical expenses. Miracle cat, zombie cat or both… Bart is happy to be home.