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Cat Returned to Family 3 Years After Disappearing in Tsunami


[Image via Asahi Shimbun]

Stories like the following make me love my cats even more. A few weeks ago, a cat that had been missing for MORE THAN THREE YEARS (since a 2011 tsunami in Japan) was reunited with its family. Let’s all shed a tear of happiness.

The Asahi Shimbun, a Japanese newspaper, reported that the cat, named Suika, was lost during the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that occurred on March 11, 2011. The Yamagishi family was fortunate in that their house was relatively undamaged but their cat disappeared amidst the chaos. The family said they searched for around 3 months for Suika before giving up.

Three years later, a couple in a nearby town found a black cat under a tree. The feline was luckily wearing a collar and the couple took it to the Ofunato Health Center where officials tried to find the family.

From the Asahi Shimbun:

Days went by with no one showing up to claim the cat. So the center decided to print the cat’s picture in a local newspaper.

When an employee was taking the cat’s photo on the morning of May 9, he noticed faded letters and numbers on the collar. He deciphered the name as “Yamagishi” and made out the numbers. They turned out to be the cellphone number of Takeo Yamagishi.

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