Well, we know that companion animals are part of the family and this certainly applies to this Syrian refugee who made his long, perilous and arduous journey from war-torn Syria to Greece with a tabby kitten because he couldn’t leave her behind.
There is a photo posted of him on Twitter which you see heading this page which shows the moment that he landed on the island of Lesbos, Greece with his young cat cradled in a makeshift carrier.
Apparently, he had few other possessions so he clearly decided that his kitten was one of the most important “possessions” that he had. It seems that he is a member of a family because another Twitter account states that “This Syrian family brought their beloved cat to Greece”.
This refugee has become a bit of a hero and an Internet celebrity. I wonder how many other Syrian refugees escaping that destroyed country have brought with them their companion animals? It would be interesting to know. This is the first time that I’ve read about this sort of thing happening. The kitten’s name is called “Olive” in English and the Arabic name is “Zaytouna”.
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