Survivor lives up to his name. The tiny kitten clung to the man who would prove to be his rescuer as Hurricane Florence took its toll on the Carolinas.
Robert Simmons Jr. sat on the back seat of a small vessel, looking at the what was once the streets of New Bern, now canals. He had lived there for all of his life. Nothing was recognizable.
“I feed him,” he said with a laugh, explaining their connection. “… I’m an animal lover.”
“His momma was in there,” Simmons said, referencing his home. “But she’s a wild cat, so …”
At the end of the journey, Simmons, Survivor still hanging on, walked toward a shelter. Now it is simply a game of wait and see.