Florida’s ‘Zombie Cat’ who clawed himself out of grave now a ‘Miracle Cat’ with new family

Bart in January of 2015 (left) and in September of 2016 (right). Photos credit: Humane Society of Tampa Bay
Bart in January of 2015 (left) and in September of 2016 (right). Photos credit: Humane Society of Tampa Bay

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Remember Bart the “Zombie Cat” who clawed himself out of a grave after he was mistaken for dead?  No need to call this tough little Florida kitty a zombie anymore. These days, “Miracle Cat” is much more fitting.

Back in January of 2015, the story of Bart the “Zombie Cat” went viral. The little black and white cat was hit by a car and mistaken for dead by his owner, who buried him in the yard. Five days after he was buried, Bart dug himself out of his grave.

Photos of the scraggly “Zombie Cat” with a broken jaw and messed up eye went viral on the web. People were touched by his amazing story of survival.

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay came to Bart’s rescue and has overseen his care, from extensive surgeries –which included removing his eye–  to nursing him with love and finding him a foster family.

Now, 20 months after he crawled out from his grave, Bart was formally adopted by his foster family and has a “Furr-ever home.”

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay released this touching statement about Bart on his adoption day and hosted a party in honor of the occasion.

“To many he became known as “Zombie Cat” but to us he’s always been nothing short of a miracle. Not because we believe he rose from the dead, but because his gentle spirit, will to survive, and resilience in the face of extreme trauma embody all that we love and admire about animals. He is truly an ambassador for second chances and continues to inspire people the world over. We love you, Bart, always and forever.”

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