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An Australian man has been overwhelmed with happiness after his cat returned from being missing for a week.
Ben Symonds and his family had to evacuate from their home in the New South Wales Bega Valley when a roaring bushfire swept through. The region has been absolutely decimated in the new year and many people have lost animals and their livelihoods.
Mr Symonds' two cats, Angel and Mickey, took off into the bushland as they were evacuating. After the fire passed, Ben and the family returned to the property with no sign of either of the two animals.
Mr Symonds wrote on Reddit: "Fire consumed most of our property. Every inch of our property is black, only the grass around the house survived."
After several days of searching, and after having planted food around the home and property to entice the cats to come back, everyone in the Symonds clan eventually accepted that they had lost their beloved felines.
But then, out of nowhere, Angel turned up.
The family were shocked that the indoor cat managed to survive for a whopping seven days in bushland that basically had nothing a cat could have survived on.
Mr Symonds explained: "It's an amazing feeling after we accepted her loss. Her ears are the only things that really got injured, her feet are not even burnt, she's happy and super cuddly."
He took Angel to the vet to see if everything was alright and she came back with a near clean bill of health. She lost some of her whiskers in the fire and that left her a little disorientated.
He continued: "She seems pretty stoked and loving the attention. Now I just hope the other cat comes back."
We've got all our fingers and toes crossed that Mickey turns up as well.
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