Cat Survives Wildfire and Returns Home

The recent devastating fires of Northern California had one small bit of relief when the cat of an evacuated family returned to their home.

Although the wildfires raging through Northern California are not yet contained, one family is a little more at peace tonight. Their tabby cat managed to survive the wildfire for nearly a week on her own, finally making her way home today.

Debi and Jeff Brusatori had to evacuate their Northern California home five days ago, due to fires burning through Trinity County. They loaded their beloved tabby, Ruthie Rosemary, into the car to accompany them. The cat then, the Brusatoris told CBS Sacramento, managed to jump out of the vehicle as they drove away.

Upon returning to their seared property, the Brusatori’s heard an unexpected sound: a familiar “mew” from Ruthie Rosemary, who proceeded to climb out from under a severely burned truck.

Firefighters can’t say where Ruthie Rosemary hid while the fire was roaring, as the flames were hot enough to melt the aluminum truck she crawled out from under but it was definitely a safe spot, as she emerged from the five-day ordeal unscathed, aside from singed whiskers and eyebrows.

Next order of business: a good meal and lots of cuddles.

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