LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Nine days after a tornado demolished his three-story office building in downtown Mayfield, Kentucky, Sonny “Hoot” Gibson was standing in the rubble when he thought he heard a faint meow.

It instantly gave him hope that his office cat, Madix, who hadn’t been seen since before the storms hit, was alive. Gibson claimed that he had been trying to locate the yellow-eyed, solid black cat who loved to greet guests at his rental business but gave up after just a few days.

“I don’t know how anything could’ve survived not just the tornado but the destruction that came along with it,” he said.

Gibson was in the rubble at the time when the faint sound came to him.

“I thought I heard a meow, and I thought my mind’s playing tricks on me so I hollered his name out, and he meowed again,” Gibson said.

The noise was stifled and he couldn’t locate Madix immediately so he called some employees who came to help search. The cat was found in a crevice under the rubble shortly after.

“It was just an incredible feeling to put him in my arms,” Gibson said. “If cats actually have nine lives, he probably used up about eight of them in that nine-day period.”

Madix survived, despite being hungry and thirsty. Gibson claimed that Madix went home with him, and that he plans to keep Madix there for the remainder of his life as a housecat.

Gibson stated that Madix, the survivor of the tornado which decimated large swathes of Mayfield is becoming a popular story.

“It’s a blessing for people to hear the story so they can take that and realize that great things can come out of terrible situations. If it’s uplifting to one person, then Madix has served his purpose on this planet.”

Source: HuffPost.com.

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