of Florida Humane Society
A cat in Florida is now dubbed the 'zombie cat' after clawing his way out of the grave.
The cat's owner, Ellis Hutson, 52, told ABC News that he found his cat on the road a couple weeks ago
. It appears the cat named Bart was struck by a car according to the Humane Society of Tampa since he was in a pool of blood; he was presumed to be dead.
Bart's owner couldn't bear to bury his 23-month old cat since they were so close; they've been together ever since Bart was a young kitten. He asked his neighbor to do it for him and saw that Bart was buried.
Five days later, Bart appeared in a neighbor's yard. Bart was weak, dehydrated, and in need of medical attention. On Tuesday, Bart has been treated for a broken jaw, open facial wounds, and a ruined eye. He's expected to recover well and return home in a couple days, although he will lose one of his eyes.
Hutson says, "This is unbelievable. I don't have any explanation for it."
The total cost for Bart will be around $2,000 said the Humane Society. Hutson's neighbor started a GoFundMe page
to raise money for the cat's medical expenses. "Everything from GoFundMe will go to the cat," says Hutson. In addition, Bart will no longer be an outdoor cat; he'll be staying in the three-bedroom home, according to Hutson. "We will try to make a room only for him. If anyone would like to visit him, they are welcome," he says.
It appears that cats really do have nine lives after all!
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