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Cat is rescued after another Italian earthquake (video)

Cat rescue in Italy after quake

Residents of the area damaged by the recent 6.6 magnitude earthquake are returning home. They would have left quickly, perhaps in a panic. Under these circumstances people leave a lot behind including domestic cats and valuables. I understand the situation and domestic cats in Italy will almost invariably be outdoor cats. You can’t collect them up and drive away from the area unless you are lucky and your cat is in the backyard.

In the video the cat introduces the news report but is only a part of it; the cat is another possession which needs to be reunited with “its” owner. It does give us a very real feeling of what it is like after an earthquake causing considerable damage to buildings even though no critical injuries have been reported.

There was a smaller earthquake in the area in August as a result of which many had already left their homes. In that quake 300 were killed. Perhaps this helped to reduce the casualties this time.

As I understand it there has been considerable damage to historic buildings. And Italy is full of these fine, ancient buildings. The government will rebuild but the Italian government is not flush with money, far from it.

The important thing for me is that the cats who have been separated from their human guardians are reunited. In the video you can see the rescue workers persistently grabbing the cat by the scruff of his neck. This looks harsh but it is to try and make the cat more passive by using the kitten reflex.



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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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  • I feel that there are many countries more concerned with saving animals than others. I liked what was said on the video ie. "Every life recovered now is precious."

    There are more and more horrific acts of nature happening now. Very thought provoking. Please do what you can to safeguard your pets.

    • The Italians could build quake resistant homes! Italy sits on an earthquake belt as I understand it. Their homes look quite fragile and are often very old.

  • I feel that there are many countries more concerned with saving animals that others. I liked what was said on the video ie. "Every life recovered now is precious."

    There are more and more horrific acts of nature happening now. Very thought provoking. Please do what you can to safeguard your pets.

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