Firefighters from Vigili del Fuoco were startled to hear faint meows while they were clearing the debris left behind by a 6.2-magnitude earthquake.
A gray and white long-haired cat was discovered trapped amid the stones inside a fallen house as they proceeded to comb through the rubble. The cat was miraculously still alive after 32 days of being buried in the rubble.
The miracle cat’s name is Rocco. It’s been a month since the village was hit by the earthquake, so no one expected to find anyone alive under the ruins. But Rocco with an amazing will to live didn’t give up.
Although he was dehydrated, he’s in pretty good health. No one knows how he survived without an obvious source of food or water. But it’s clear that this smart cat is very resourceful!
Fortunately, Rocco’s owners were present to supervise the deconstruction of their house. They were unaware that their cherished cat was still alive. As a result, they were ecstatic to see Rocco. What a once-in-a-lifetime surprise it must have been.
A vet named Cristiana Graziani checked and treated Rocco on the spot. The kitty was tired but in good spirits. And after being cared, Rocco felt so much better.
“An incredible story, but true,” Graziani said.
The discovery of Rocco has made his owners very happy. His story is also a reminder that good things can come out of tough situations, so never give up hope.
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