Despite rescuers' best efforts, Nicky - the feline who was hailed as a miracle cat - passed away on Sunday. He had bravely survived outside on his own in bitter winter temperatures for 17 days.
When a woman in Elyria, Ohio, found Nicky on Thursday, the 10-year-old orange tabby was completely frozen to the ground. She took him to the Friendship APL, who, in turn, rushed him to a nearby veterinary hospital.
The staff who treated the cat were shocked he was still alive when he was brought in. "This cat, by all accounts in my mind, should be dead," Greg Willey, the director of the Friendship Animal Protective League (APL) told Ohio station WKYC last week. "The fact that this cat is still alive is miraculous."