According to Fox 13 News, Ellis Hutson found his cat Bart lying in the middle of the road, covered in blood after being struck by a car. Hutson told reporters that the cat was stiff and unresponsive. The grieving pet parent said the cat showed no signs of life.
Hutson did what most pet owners would do — he buried the cat in his yard. Hutson’s friend, David Liss, helped bury Bart. Liss also told reporters that the cat appeared to be dead.
But five days later Bart inexplicably appeared in a neighbor’s yard. The cat was severely injured, but he was alive and had somehow managed to claw his way out of his grave. The neighbor called Hutson to tell him Bart was still alive.
Shocked at the turn of events, Hutson rushed Bart to the Humane Society of Tampa, where veterinarians addressed fractures in Bart’s jaw and inserted a feeding tube. Bart’s left eye will also have to be surgically removed because of the injuries he sustained from the accident.
Dr. Justin Boorstein said that in his years of veterinary service, he’s never seen a case like this before.
Hutson has no explanation for how his cat survived the accident and managed to crawl out of the earth after being buried alive. But Hutson says that the family’s other cat may have gone out looking for Bart, and could have possible helped dig up the grave.
For now, Bart remains at the Humane Society and will be returned to Hutson and his girlfriend once he has fully recovered.
It looks like this lucky cat really does have nine lives.
Image: Bart, from the Humane Society of Tampa Facebook page