In what sounds like something out of a Stephen King novel, a Florida cat called Bart was hit by a car, left for dead, and then buried near where it was found by its owner under a foot of dirt.
But Zombie Cat ain't going out like that and somehow clawed its way out of its early grave to be discovered in a neighbor's front yard five days later. "At first it blew me away", neighbor Dusty Albritton said. "All I knew was this cat was dead and Pet Sematary is real."
Not only did the cat seemingly rise from the dead, it totally nailed the zombie, freshly-risen-from-the-grave look too. "It was unbelievable, the cat was smelly, the cat was dirty. The cat had a big hole in the side of his head." David Liss, a friend of the cat's owner, told My Fox Tampa Bay.
Bart had the severe trauma to his head, along with a broken jaw, a dead eye, and a hunger for human flesh. Only kidding on that last one.
But he was badly hurt so the black and white cat was taken to Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Service and after wiring together fractures in its jaw, putting in a feeding tube, and sadly having to remove his destroyed eye, Bart is expected to make a full Lazarus-style recovery. Yay for him.
After it was initially suspected that Bart crawled his way out of the ground like Uma Thurman in Kill Bill: Vol. 2, the cats owner, Ellis Hutson, believed he might actually have had some help.
"We have two cats and they play together all the time and they roam around with each other," Hutson explained. "He might have went looking for his brother and dug him up—but I have no idea."
One life down Bart, eight to go.