Cat survives 79 days in deserted Lac Megantic home

Mario, a male tabby cat, survived 79 days trapped in a deserted home near the Lac-Megantic railway...

Mario, a male tabby cat, survived 79 days trapped in a deserted home near the Lac-Megantic railway disaster. (Handout Photo)

Florence Meney, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:54 PM ET

LAC-MEGANTIC, Que. - A male tabby cat who survived 79 days trapped in a deserted home near the Lac-Megantic railway disaster was found alive but in bad shape and is on the road to recovery.

It was thought that the cat has used up all nine of his lives when he was barricaded in a house in the town 250 km east of Montreal.

A crude-oil train derailed nearby on July 6, killing 47 people in Canada's deadliest railway blast.

Francoise Belle-Isle of a local animal refuge is caring for the cat after luring him out of the house with a cage trap on Sept. 22.

He had been holed up without food, water or his owner and was so dehydrated that a veterinarian considered putting him down.

But Belle-Isle gave a positive report to QMI Agency this week, saying test results have come up roses.

"(The vet) ... expressed surprise at the good results, given his long time in seclusion," said Belle-Isle.

The tabby is still anemic but everything should be back to normal within a few weeks, according to the veterinarian.


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