A black and white zombie cat by the name of Bart is lucky to be alive. He clawed his way out of the grave five days after apparently dying from a collision with a car in Tampa, Florida.
Five days before, the cat was found lying in a pool of blood in the road, body stiff and presumed dead. Apparently the cat's owner, Ellis Hutson, 52, "couldn't stand" to bury his pet and asked his neighbor to dig a shallow grave for the cat.
Now, seeming like something out of a TV series, the zombie cat has clawed his way back to life. He was found by another of Hutson's neighbors five days after burial, meowing for food.
Dusty Albritton. 42. said that at first it blew her away, adding, "All I knew was this cat was dead and 'Pet Sematary' is real," referring to the popular and scary Stephen King horror book and film.
The zombie cat's owner was apparently shocked, but delighted that his cat was still alive.
"It was unbelievable, I've never seen anything like that before."
Bart the miracle cat!! "@ABC7: Miracle cat claws its way out of own grave 5 days after burial http://t.co/MtSiTwGAqz pic.twitter.com/W8HqGwqwVT"Now Bart the zombie cat is receiving treatment for a broken jaw, torn cheek and ruptured eye. As Hutson found the vets' bills to be very high, he took his lucky cat to the Humane Society in Tamba, where he has been re-dubbed "Bart the Miracle Cat."
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According to the Miami Herald, Tuesday night, Bart, the former zombie cat, had surgery on his eye and broken jaw and is now apparently resting comfortably.
The Humane Society, who are still caring for the cat, say they have never seen anything like it. Executive director Sherry Silk said that their Save-A-Pet Medical Fund will help towards Bart's bills, which will reportedly be over $1,000.
As for Bart himself, Silk said, "He's purring, even with all these injuries."
"I can't even imagine how awful he must have felt. He's just a really wonderful, patient, loving cat."While probably not, in fact, a zombie cat, Bart certainly has a strong will to live, and his relieved owner can't wait to take him home. Bart should be fully healed within around six weeks.
In other strange animal news, the Inquisitr recently reported on the fact that 40 pet dogs have gone missing from a Texas town and no one knows why, but thinking of zombie cats coming back brings to mind that famous song, "The Cat Came Back," included below.
[Image source: Tampa Florida Humane Society]