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9 days after tornado, cat found in rubble of building

"Madix" the office cat had been missing ever since a devastating tornado struck Mayfield, Kentucky on Dec. 10.
Credit: AP
This photo provided by Sonny "Hoot" Gibson on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021 showing Madix the cat, who was found in the rubble of Gibson's Mayfield, Ky. office building nine days after a tornado devastated much of the town. (Sonny "Hoot" Gibson via AP)

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

It gave him hope that his office cat Madix was alive. 

Gibson had tried to find the animal after the tornado hit, but had given up after a few days. 

Gibson was standing in the rubble Sunday afternoon when he heard the faint noise. Gibson said he called over some employees who helped search. 

Soon after, they found the cat unscathed in a hole beneath the rubble. 

Gibson says he took Madix home, where he will live as a house cat.


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