Freelance reporter Marcus DiPaola is known for covering major breaking news in the U.S. and overseas. During the height of Hurricane Florence hitting the coast of North Carolina, Marcus became a hero to one little kitten in distress.
In a September 17 Twitter post, Marcus explained how he took action after Northeast Cape Fear River burst its banks in Burgaw, North Carolina.
“Just rescued a feral kitten moments ago in Burgaw, NC. I came to North Carolina to cover a story, not become the story, for obvious ethical reasons. But I’m not letting a kitten die.”
Marcus is one of several news reporters who became heroes themselves when the need arose. Animals are alive today, thanks to the quick thinking of members of news media who made the decision to lend a hand.
I’m not sure the photos above were actually taken by Marcus or whether he had a photographer along with him. I do hope he doesn’t mind my showing off his rescue of one little cat who would surely have died without his quick thinking.
Nothing has been posted as to whether kitty has found a forever home, but it’s nice to know he/she was saved and Marcus deserves recognition for his Good Samaritan act.
Cats were more likely to become victims of Hurricane Florence when people thought the family dog important enough to take along when the order came in to evacuate but left behind the family cat. While we don’t have an actual count of how many cats died in the hurricane and subsequent flooding, the number is bound to be high.
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Note: Marcus was also involved in this rescue covered on PoC.