I'd be cautious about which pet cemetery you bury your deceased critter in if you live in Florida, because a zombie kitty has just risen from the 'dead' and clawed itself out of its shallow grave.
The unfortunate (or fortunate, depending on how you look at it) feline named Bart was hit by a car and found motionless in a pool of his own blood a few hours after the accident. When he discovered his crumpled pet, devastated owner, Ellis Hutson, assumed Bart was dead and asked a friend to bury the cat because he was too upset to do the deed himself.
David Russ checked the condition of the animal and "didn't see the chest moving up and down," so he went ahead and buried the dearly departed pet in a shallow grave in Hutson's garden.
But Bart clearly wasn't too impressed with this arrangement because he reappeared five days later.
Thanks to his time underground, Bart wasn't going to be winning any beauty pageants with his gruesome flesh wounds and milky eye, but he was definitely alive.
After recovering from what must have been the shock of his life, Bart's owner appealed to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay to fund the emergency surgery needed to save his miracle pet's life.
Unsurprisingly, they were moved enough by Bart's plight to remove his damaged eye and perform surgery on his broken jaw.
Although he might not be looking so hot in the picture above, a nurse from the Humane Society has reassured Redditors that the surgery went well and Bart is now expected to make a full recovery. You can see for yourself how much better he looks in the picture below:
But, how do experts think that Bart managed to escape his earthy prison in the first place?
Cat behavioralists believe that Bart probably managed to rise from his grave within a few hours of his injury, but was so shocked and disorientated that he strayed away from home for a few days.
As for how he got out, it appears the feisty feline might have got a little help from his friends. Bart's owner believes that his other cat may have sensed his lifelong playmate was still alive and helped to dig him out of the ground. He explained to Fox News that:
We have two cats and they play together all the time and they roam around with each other. He might have went looking for his brother and dug him up - but I have no idea
It has not yet been confirmed if Bart awoke with an insatiable hunger for brains.
(Source: The Daily Mail)