A cat in Utah is now down to seven of its nine lives after surviving not one, but two failed attempts to euthanize it.
The female cat, a former stray now named Andrea, was picked up by animal control and placed at the West Valley City animal shelter, where she was held for 30 days. She was then placed into a carbon monoxide gas chamber with several other cats. Amazingly enough, when the chamber was opened afterwards, Andrea was found alive inside.
The staff at the shelter attempted to euthanize her again shortly after, in the same gas chamber. The procedure initially appeared to have worked. Her vitals were checked and she was declared deceased, put into a plastic bag, and then placed into a cooler – common procedure post-euthanasia. About 45 minutes later, "meows" were heard coming from inside the cooler.
"They opened the bag and there she was — a little bit confused and frightened, and still alive," said Aaron Crim, spokesman for the city. "She’s definitely an amazing little cat. She’s not going to be put down; she’s kind of a mascot for cats."
Clearly, there will be no third attempt to take the life of this resilient kitty. Janita Coombs, a volunteer with Community Animal Welfare Society (CAWS), has taken Andrea in for the time being. An official announcement on the CAWS website states that while Andrea does appear to have suffered some neurological damage, it seems minimal, and she is eating, drinking, and using her box fine.