While bushfires are not uncommon in Australia throughout the year, the current season has been particularly devastating. Reports indicate that over 1 billion animals have perished due to bushfires, causing widespread destruction and devastation to humans, ecosystems, and the environment. Unfortunately, the end of this calamitous season is not yet in sight.
Ben Symonds and his family were among the numerous families who had to leave their homes due to the raging bushfires that threatened their neighborhood in Baga Valley, New South Wales.
As the family was evacuating, their two cats, Angel and Mickey, ran off into the nearby bush. Unfortunately, when they returned home after the fire had been contained, the cats were nowhere to be found. Despite calling out for them and leaving food around the house, the cats did not return as expected. Symonds had hoped that if they survived, they would have come back within 3-4 days.
The family had been searching for several days, but eventually came to terms with the fact that they had lost everything in the devastating bushfires, including their dear feline companions. However, their spirits were lifted when Angel suddenly appeared out of nowhere. Although badly singed and burnt, the little cat had miraculously survived seven days in the bushland. The family didn’t even recognize her at first, as she was brown and orange and looked very different from her usual self. They were overjoyed to have their beloved pet back home safely, albeit with an injured ear. To ensure there were no further health issues, they took Angel to the vet, who thankfully confirmed that she didn’t suffer from any life-threatening injuries.
Ben expressed a sense of wonder and relief after coming to terms with the loss of his cat. In a post on social media, he shared pictures of his feline friend, noting that although her ears were injured, her feet remained unscathed. Despite the mishap, Ben’s cat was in good spirits and even enjoyed cuddling with her owner.
According to Ben, his cat Mickey is very delighted and enjoys being pampered. However, he is currently concerned about the other cat’s whereabouts and wishes for its safe return. We wish that Mickey returns home safe and sound. If you enjoyed reading this story, feel free to share it with your loved ones!