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article imageJapan: The cat came back—three years after the tsunami

By Megan Hamilton     May 13, 2014 in Odd News
Ofunato - If only cats could talk. Especially Suika. The black, short-furred cat lived with Kazuko Yamagishi and her husband Takeo in Ofunato, which is in the northeastern Iwate Prefecture.
Then the world turned upside-down when the tsunami struck on March 11, 2011. The Yamagishis were fortunate — their home was not destroyed, while much of the rest of the town was devastated. Suika, however, was gone, and the Yamagishis searched for three months before giving up hope according to the BBC.
Then, after three long years, their luck — and Suika’s — changed.
Fortunately, on April 10 of this year, another couple found a black cat curled up in the local forest, which happened to be 10 miles from Ofunato. The kitty was friendly and wearing a collar. When no one came looking for the cat, the couple took Suika to the Ofunato Health Center. Days dragged by, but no one came to claim the poor kitty, Yahoo! News reports.
Now they decided it was time to display a photo in the local newspaper. The photographer noticed faded letters on the collar — “Yamagishi,” right next to a phone number.
The Yamagishis were happy to bring their furry child home, and when the couple gave their daughter in Tokyo the good news, she reportedly burst into tears.
“Where have you been?” Kazuko, 64, asked her long-lost kitty. “It’s just like a dream.” Indeed, it is like a dream come true. Fortunately, a good dream that came out of a nightmarish time.
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