How did ‘Zombie’ cat escape from his grave?

January 28th, 2015 by Staff

'Bart' was hit by a car and thought to be dead.

( TAMPA, Fla. – There’s a new theory that could explain how a cat, presumed dead and buried, somehow clawed out of his grave and appeared at the neighbor’s house five days later.

“We have two cats and they play together all the time and they roam around with each other,” Ellis Hutson, the cat’s owner, explained. “He might have went looking for his brother and dug him up — but I have no idea.”

Hutson has been confused and perplexed since last Monday when he found his black-and-white cat named Bart curled up in a ball and covered in blood in the middle of the road.

“He was stiff, wasn’t moving, no sign of life,” he said.

Hutson — too distraught to grab the shovel himself — asked his buddy David Liss to take Bart to his final resting place.

“As far as I know he wasn’t breathing,” Liss explained. “I looked at it, and I looked at it, and I didn’t see the chest moving up and down or anything and I said, ‘you know, well look at the blood, it’s dead.’ ”

Liss said he put Bart in the ground under about a foot of dirt, right off the road from where Hutson found him “dead”.

But Bart wasn’t dead.

Five days later, the cat showed up at neighbor Dusty Allbritton’s home, and she called Hutson.

“It was unbelievable,” he said. “The cat was smelly, the cat was dirty. The cat had a big hole in the side of his head.”

Hutson brought Bart to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Tuesday afternoon Dr. Justin Boorstein wired together fractures in the Bart’s jaw and put in a feeding tube. They will still have to remove his left eye.

“I’ve never seen this before,” Dr. Boorstein said when asked about the unusual circumstances surrounding Bart’s survival.
Names like “Zombie Cat” and “Miracle Cat” have swept through social media as Bart’s story has gone international.

Hutson and the Humane Society have taken calls from all over the world regarding Bart.

“I truly think Bart has nine lives and has eight lives left because it is miraculous what he’s done,” Humane Society of Tampa Bay Executive Director Sherry Silk said.

Even though those at the Humane Society and neighbors say they believe Hutson’s story, he says he is not surprised there are several skeptics sounding off online.

“It makes no sense. I have no reason to make it up, and the cat has all the evidence,” he said.

Hutson and his girlfriend are grateful toward the Humane Society and can’t wait for Bart to come home.

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