A week ago, Ellis Hutson, and his neighbor, Dusty Albritton, found Hutson’s cat, Bart, laying in a pool of his own blood. Poor little Bart had been hit by a car and the prognosis didn’t look good. Hutson picked up his beloved cat’s lifeless body and brought him to the vet. There, Bart was pronounced dead.

So Hutson did what any grieving pet parent would do, he buried his cat in his backyard and mourned the loss of his pet for the next few days.

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Five days after the fateful accident, Dusty Albritton couldn’t believe her eyes! Bart was at her door, purring and asking for food. She had seen the cat’s “already stiff” body after the accident and she knew Hutson had buried the cat … how was this possible!?

There was no doubt, Bart was in rough shape when he arrived at Albritton’s door. He was dirty and had suffered some very serious injuries, but he was alive. How did this zombie-cat rise from the dead, though? Somehow, the cat regained consciousness, dug his way out of the ground and made his way Albritton’s front door … days after he had “died.” Rescuers at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay believe Bart may have escaped his grave early on and hid near his home for a few days before gathering enough courage to seek help.

When Albritton saw the cat, she wasted no time finding his dad. Bart was quickly rushed to the hospital at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Vets found that Bart had suffered head trauma, a broken jaw and will lose his eye, but he is definitely alive and is currently being scheduled for surgery. This cat beat the odds and rose from the dead.

Bart is living proof that cats really do have nine lives!

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