In the States, Hurricane Florence dropped massive amounts of rain and caused widespread damage and flooding last week. Now, stories of survival are beginning to emerge from the coast of Carolina. One heart-wrenching story is that of a kitten who is literally a “Survivor.”
The story began with a photo from Charlotte Observer reporter Andrew Carter on Friday evening. In the pic it shows Robert Simmons, Jr. of New Bern, North Carolina being rescued with his kitten on his back. The kitten’s name is “Survivor.”
Carter said on Twitter, “Meet Robert Simmons. Was stuck in his house since last night, when floodwaters began to rise in New Bern. A boat came and rescued him just now. He was sad to leave his father but left with his kitten hugging his neck. Cat’s name: Survivor, Simmons said. #HurricaneFlorence2018”
Meet Robert Simmons. Was stuck in his house since last night, when floodwaters began to rise in New Bern. A boat came and rescued him just now. He was sad to leave his father but left with his kitten hugging his neck. Cat’s name: Survivor, Simmons said. #HurricaneFlorence2018 pic.twitter.com/vRR3lANDJe
— Andrew Carter (@_andrewcarter) September 14, 2018
Simmons said to Carter he’d only had the kitten for a few weeks and even the name might have been a reaction to the overwhelming experience of the storm.
Writing in The Observer, Carter said that, “Simmons said he’d had the cat for weeks, and yet when asked what the cat’s name was, Simmons gave an answer that almost sounded scripted and too good to be true. Perhaps he’d improvised in the moment.”
Simmons’ story is a moving one, not just for the details of the damage to his home and his neighbourhood, but also due to the realisation that this story could be a tale told by thousands from just this storm alone.
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