For a couple who lost everything to a fire, the unexpected return of their cat brings new hope.
Lesly and Tony Maly of Wye River, Australia, lost their home to a bushfire on Christmas Day. They thought they had lost their cat, Muppet, too – there was no sign of the cat, and the couple assumed that his body laid in the debris of their home.
That was, until Muppet walked out of the woods twenty-four days later. He didn’t have much strength, but he went straight to Mr. Maly and rubbed his leg enthusiastically.
Somehow, Muppet had managed to escape the fire. No one knows where he’s been in the meantime, but Mr. Maly suspected that he saw the cat outside one night. Mr. Maly left out food and water, which was gone in the morning.
The couple is thrilled with Muppet’s return. Unsure of whether they’ll rebuild in Wye River, and recovering from a Christmas Day that was anything but joyful, they are lucky enough to have their entire family reunited again. “We feel like we’ve got our family back. Everything else is gone, but at least we’ve got our animals,” Mrs. Maly said in an interview with 9News.