A pet cat who was hit by a car is expected to recover after crawling out of the ground where he'd mistakenly been buried alive.
"It is miraculous that he survived all he's been through," Sherry Silk from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay told The Dodo. "They do say that cats have nine lives."
The black-and-white cat named Bart was discovered bloodied in the road, left for dead after an apparent hit and run in Tampa, Fla.. Owner Ellis Hutson tells local news station Fox 13 that he was so sure Bart had perished, he dug a hole and laid him to rest.
But as it turns out, the cat wasn't dead. Hutson says that days later, Bart turned up in a neighbor's yard, badly wounded but very much alive, evidently having extricated himself from the grave.
Afterwards, the "risen" cat was rushed to the Animal Health Center at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, where he is receiving care for his injuries.
"Bart is one lucky cat and we are honored to be caring for him!" the Humane Society wrote in a Facebook post. "Today we'll be performing surgery to repair his broken jaw and remove his eye."
Despite Bart's serious injuries, Silk says care staff is optimistic that he has more life ahead of him.
"His prognosis is really good," she says. "I'm very confident he'll pull through."