They rescued a drowning cat in a flood... and now she has to most adorable sweater!
Mat Dunsdon was driving with his partner, Kylie, and 9-year-old daughter through a heavy rainstorm in Sydney, Australia. The streets were flooding, and when they stopped at an intersection, Dunsdon saw a branch twirling above the drain, with something else clinging to it. (Scroll down for video)
It was a cat.
Immediately Dunsdon rushed out of the car and snatched the cat up by the scruff of her neck.
"She was petrified," Dunsdon shared with The Dodo. "When I went to pick her up, her eyes were focused on me."
While it's not clear how the cat got stuck in the drain in the first place, she'd probably gotten swept away in the flash flood. Thankfully, her paws had gotten wedged into the drain grate, which essentially saved her life.
"We learned at the vet she had torn off a few rear nails, so I assume she struggled," Dunsdon said.
"When she arrived … she was hypothermic, soaking wet, had some torn nails and was breathing hard," Dr. Wilson So, veterinarian at WellPet Vets, told The Dodo.
"She had a body temperature of 33 degrees," So said. "This is well below normal temperature she should have been, which is 38 degrees. We needed to warm her slowly."
They first put her in a warming blanket, and then she got an adorable sweater to retain her body heat.
She loved her sweater so much and couldn't stop purring! She was so affectionate towards the staff, that they nicknamed her Smoochy.
The cat didn’t have a microchip, but vet staff managed to locate her owners after posting photos of her on social media. The owners, worried sick, were so happy to come get their cat, Lilly.
"I was extremely relieved to hear that we finally could call Lilly by name and reunite her with her owners," So said. "Being able to get her back home is one of the most rewarding parts of my job and I think the best part of her story."
Lilly is now safe and warm back home.
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