Hundreds of residents, both humans and animals alike, have been affected by a massive wildfire which continues to rage across California. But amid so much devastation, an unlikely survivor has emerged as a symbol of hope in a place where it's been so hard to come by.
This week, firefighters battling the Valley Fire, north of San Francisco, made a startling discovery. There, in one of the hardest hit areas, they found a black cat who somehow managed to survive on his own through the fast-moving blaze. He was rushed to the Wasson Memorial Veterinary Clinic in the city of Lakeport.
"He was brought in by the firefighter who found him," a staffer at the clinic told The Dodo. "He has suffered burns, primarily around his face, but all his hair has been singed."