Cats use nine lives to sur­vive earth­quake

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

Two cats have been pulled from the ru­ins of Italy’s deadly earth­quake more than two weeks af­ter the dis­as­ter which claimed nearly 300 lives, of­fi­cials said last week.

In the town of Ama­trice, the worst af­fected by the Au­gust 24 quake, fire­fight­ers res­cued Pi­etro the cat af­ter his own­ers – who came back to re­trieve some be­long­ings – heard him me­ow­ing weakly. De­hy­drated and weak, he was taken into the care of vets.

Mean­while in the nearby ham­let of Il­lica, an­other cat called Gior­giana was plucked from a ru­ined house. Her own­ers were killed in the quake but their daugh­ters, who sur­vived, asked an­i­mal welfare group Oipa to look for their three cats.

Af­ter a se­ries of un­suc­cess­ful at­tempts, Oipa vol­un­teers leav­ing food and call­ing the cat were sur­prised to hear at long last a quiet me­ow­ing. Freed by fire­fight­ers, Gior­giana was weak and de­hy­drated but alive.

Last week fire­fight­ers pulled a golden re­triever called Romeo alive from the rub­ble of his own­ers’ house in the vil­lage of San Lorenzo a Fla­viano, more than nine days af­ter he was given up for dead.

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