Cat Survived for 16 Days Under the Rubble After Earthquake in Italy
His name is Pietro.
In what some some are calling a miracle, firefighters pulled a cat out alive from the rubble in Amatrice, Italy, 16 days after a devastating earthquake rocked the region.
The cat, named Pietro, survived with no food and only rainwater after being trapped under a collapsed home.
Firefighters discovered him after they accompanied Pietro's owners to retrieve items from their destroyed home. They heard a faint meowing under the debris, were able to uncover the animal, and then rushed him to a nearby veterinarian where he is being treated for a fractured jaw and dehydration, according to the Associated Press.
“Every life saved is an indescribable emotion. And luckily, miracles never end,” Italian animal protection agency ENPA said, The Local reported.
The 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy on August 24, killing at least 290 people and wounding many more.