Guy lost in the Swiss mountains follows a cat back to safety!
Just one of many brave and dedicated Swiss Guide Cats doing its duty, asking nothing but a friendly pat in return.
"The cat that guided me down the mountain when I got lost in Gimmelwald, Switzerland."
"I happened on this little kitty as I was exploring some of the places near my hostel," sc4s2cg shared on reddit. "He was just wandering around, found me while I was resting from a hike. Then he was walking and kept looking at me to follow, led me straight to the path that would take me back down to the valley. Along the way he just stopped, hopped on a small boulder, and started listening for something. I'm assuming his next meal. I was lucky enough to take this beautiful shot!"
"Gimmelwald is a tiny, tiny stunningly beautiful village. I actually got "lost" in the surrounding mountains. It was the end of ski season when I got to Lauterbrunnen (where I ended up staying, Gimmelwald hostel was closed. Shout out to Valley Hostel for returning my trip journal to me!), so the lifts weren't working and some of the trails were closed.
So what I did was follow a roundabout trail up the mountain, and then follow those ski lifts further. Eventually I got to the top, decided to follow a train track into the middle of a totally empty town (Gimmelwald pictured below)."
"Like, there was one shop owner there (where I got new socks from because mine were soaked). I hiked to the tip of the town, to what I think was a tavern/restaurant with an amazing view of the valley."
"I was checking my map to see how I can get back to the hostel, and the only official way down was through a trail that was closed. And that's how I met that handsome cat. She (?) noticed me I was eating a snack and resting my sprained ankle, and as soon as I got up she started guiding me along some path. At the end of the video is where we separated: she to that farm-like place on the right, me through those trees in front."
Watch the video of this kitty's daring rescue below!
"I think kitty speak and baby speak are pretty much a universal language. I was basically calling her adorable, asking rhetorical questions like "are you coming?", wondering where she was taking me. It's one of my best memories of my trip for sure!"
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