The fires in Australia are still raging, with fears the fires will continue until spring. With so many animals ᴛʀᴀɢɪᴄᴀʟʟʏ lost in one of the country’s most ferocious wildfires in ꜰᴇʀᴏᴄɪᴏᴜs history, hearing about animals that survived the blaze gives us hope.
In New South Wales, Ben Symonds and his family were forced to leave their property as bushfires raged across their area. The family cats, accustomed to living indoors, escaped in the chaos. Angel and Mickey hid in the bushes to escape the fire. The family searched but the fire was approaching and they had to go.
When Ben and his family returned to the property, fire had ravaged the land and the two cats were gone. The fire consumed most of their possessions,
Every inch of the ground was black, only the grass around the house survived.
Symonds worries about the cats seeing the ᴅᴇᴠᴀsᴛᴀᴛɪᴏɴ and Ben’s stepfather worries that he will lose his “best companion”, Angel. Hoping to lure the kittens out of their hiding place, the Symonds set out food and searched every day. Almost a week has passed without any cats and the hope of seeing the cats again fades away.
But an angel appeared. Seven days after the fire consumed, Angel wandered out of a scorched trench, looking for his family. Ben and his family claim that “she ran down a hole and managed to survive deep underground.”
Symonds took the stunned cat to the vet, receiving good news. “Her ear was the only thing that really hurt, her legs weren’t even burned, she was happy and super cuddly.” Her burned ears need some trimming and will need extra attention. The brave cat also lost her whiskers, “but her lungs and eyes are fine, and so are her paws and skin. She will make a full recovery.”
When Angel returned from the fire, Ben said: “What a wonderful feeling we have to accept her loss.”
He also said, “She seems pretty excited and loves the attention.”
Ben hopes the family will receive more good news when Mickey returns.
While there is no news about Mickey, the family is still hoping that the missing cat will also show up. Cat lovers know this ability well because cats are resourceful creatures with high intelligence. We hope Mickey goes home too.
With kind hearts hard at work, success stories like Angel’s are coming out of Australia every day. Thank you to the volunteers and lifeguards who came to help Australia. And for those affected by the fires, our thoughts and prayers are always with you.