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TAMPA, Fla. – This is “Bart” the miracle cat and he is down to, at most, eight lives.
Not only was he hit by a car, Bart was also buried alive, according to KABC.
Then, five days later, the cat apparently clawed his way out of the ground and back to life.
The Human Society of Tampa Bay told KABC, “The cat appeared to be lifeless and the owner buried him. Five days later, the cat showed up in a neighbors yard, alive!”
It’s like a plot line ripped from the scripts of “The Walking Dead,” if the show’s cast were made up of cats and took place in Florida.
The cat, found seemingly dead after he was hit by a car, showed up alive in a neighbor’s yard five days after he was buried.
The humane society said in a release, “We have seen many amazing cases at our full-service veterinary clinic but this situation may take the cake.”
Bart, or “zombie cat,” as the feline is now being referred to on social media, was discovered “unresponsive” by his owner last week lying in a pool of blood.
His body was cold and his face was severely disfigured.
“If we’d seen that cat on the road, we’d assumed he was dead,” Nash McCuthchen with the Humane Society told CNN.
Bart’s owner, Ellis Hutson, along with the help of a neighbor, buried the beloved pet in his yard.
Five days later, a different neighbor found Bart walking in her yard, after he seemingly clawed his way out of the grave.
The neighbor returned the cat to Hutson, who called the Humane Society for help.
McCutchen said Bart was in bad shape; maggots were covering open wounds on his body and he had difficulty walking.
The cat was dehydrated, his left eye ruined.
But remarkably, McCutchen said, the kitty had no internal injuries, making the Humane Society able to treat him.
Bart had surgery Wednesday to remove his left eye and wire his jaw shut.
“He seems to be a little fighter,” McCutchen said.
Despite all the trauma of getting hit by a car, being presumed dead and buried alive, McCutchen said Bart is a very friendly and affectionate cat.
He loves to be petted and purrs at visitors, she said.
Bart is expected to recover and could return to his owner as early as next week.
Source: CNN, KABC