Cat Rescued After Spending Six Days Under the Rubble in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Tornado: Cat Survives Six Days in Rubble, Reunites with Owners
Jo Humann and cat Egor
Courtesy Summer Hulme

05/31/2013 AT 01:30 PM EDT

Thanks to the efforts of a 13-year-old Boy Scout, what once was lost is now found in Moore, Okla.

Justin Hulme Rangel, who accompanied his Boy Scout troop from Texas to the site ravaged by a tornado on May 20, proved to be a savior for a couple whose cat Egor was presumed dead.

Rangel was searching through the remains of Geoff and Jo Humann's home on May 26 when he came upon a litter box, and correctly guessed Egor may have hidden in it.

"I figured after six days, he was gone," Rangel told The Dallas Morning News. "But he started to move and we dug him out."

The 13-year-old feline was taken to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Food and Forestry triage center, where he was looked at before being transported to the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Health Sciences Teaching Hospital.

"Our family is complete," Jo Humann told members of the triage center, who then shared her words in a Facebook post. "Thank you for taking care of him during his time of need. God bless you all!!"

And now, after less than a week of care at the Teaching Hospital, Egor is set to go home.

"Honestly, he looked good despite the fact he was dehydrated," said Dr. Danielle Dugat, the veterinarian who tended to him at the Teaching Hospital. "He was still looking around and was very bright but very weak."



The reunion story is just the latest to come out of Oklahoma. Last week, Barbara Garcia was being interviewed on-camera when members of the news crew spotted her missing dog struggling to escape the rubble behind her, and reunited the two.

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