He Lost An Eye ... And Became A Surfing Legend
Like many Hawaiians, Nānākuli loves to surf. Unlike most of them, however, Nānākuli is a cat.
According to owners Alexandra Gomez and Krista Littleton, the cat, nicknamed Kuli, developed his unusual interest in the ocean thanks to his other unique characteristic.
As a rescue kitten, Kuli needed surgery to remove an eye that had become infected. He required regular baths afterward.
"Although he started off life very weak and malnourished, he has grown very quickly into a very tolerant cat and loves the water," Gomez told the Daily Mail. "Probably thanks to the numerous baths he's had while recovering from his operation."
After recovering, Kuli began swimming lessons, even getting his own kitten-sized life vest.
"He still wears it from time to time depending on the conditions, but we are careful not to take him out if it is too windy or the water is too rough," said Gomez.
Ever since then, Kuli has been hanging eight like a pro.
"His first time in the water, we just let him float on the board by himself near the shoreline and I would paddle around with him," said Gomez. "Before we knew it we were looking for waves to surf."
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