16 year-old cat reunites with his brother after being lost for 3 years!
An elderly male cat was spotted alone in a parking lot three years ago. Looking sick and frail, Noah's Ark Animal Hospital was alerted and they came to the rescue.
"He weighed about 7 pounds when we brought him in," Rachel Keyes, an assistant at Noah's Ark, told The Dodo. "We ran a bunch of tests on him so we could do a full exam and help bring him back to health." Medical staff found that he was anemic and had stage 2 kidney disease, among other illnesses.
The staff at the hospital named the cat Billy. As they brought him back to health, the staff started to become very attached to him.
Soon they realized that they could no longer part with him, and he became the permanent fixture at the hospital - he was their official kitty mascot.
Billy had free reign of the hospital and loved to greet everyone that came to the reception area.
"He just roamed around everywhere and made his own little spot at the front desk in the reception area. Any time clients came in, they'd say hi to Billy and Billy was very friendly in return."
But then an unexpected surprised happened last month.
A father and daughter came to the hospital and were immediately greeted by Billy, as he does with all the guests. As Billy walked by, the father commented that the cat looked an awful lot like the one their family had lost years ago, known as Tuffo. As the man and his daughter continued to speak with the receptionist, Billy suddenly did something very out of character.
"Billy recognized them and jumped up on the very top of the counter, which he doesn't do," Keyes said. "Then, he jumped right into their arms. Billy lets people pet him, but he never jumped into anybody's arms."
It was clear that Billy knew these people.
"Later that afternoon, they came in with other members of the family and Billy's twin brother, [Cotone]," Keyes said. "The two cats recognized each other immediately."
It turns out that three years ago the family lost their cat when they were moving. They looked for him all over town but couldn't find him, and were devastated.
After years of separation, Billy (originally named Tuffo) finally reunited with his twin brother and his human family.
"While we're very sad that Billy is gone, we're very happy that Billy is back with his rightful owners and appears to be very happy and well-adjusted," Keyes said.
"After a long reunion which consisted mostly of following each other around and sniffing each other's butts, they're officially back to being BFFs!"
Finally home safe and sound :)
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