In mid-December, Mayfield, Kentucky was hit by a devastating tornado. The houses looked as if they had been pulverized by a meat grinder, and Hoot Gibson doubted that the black cat that was supposed to come to his office would be found alive; the three-story house had been reduced to rubble, and no one had seen the cat since it was swept away by the tornado. Gibson and his team went back to the rubble every day and repeated the demolition process. They attempted to preserve what they could and hoped to locate where Madix the cat lived.
But as the days passed, their optimism faded.
A week passed. Even if the cat had survived the collapse of the house, there was no way it could survive without food and water for so long. On the ninth day, however, a miracle happened. While working in the ruins on his day off, Gibson thought he heard a faint meow. Puzzled, he shouted Maddix’s name and heard a small meow from under the rubble.
My legs were shuffling and my chest was tightening,” Gibson recalls. I’m going to have a heart attack.” The man was afraid of hurting the cat, although he was very tempted to tear the rubble apart in a passionate effort. So he called for help from other staff members who could be heard meowing.
Finally, he found Madix unharmed. The debris created a “pocket” where the cat spent the next nine days. Gibson took the rescued cat home. She drank water and ate three cans of food. She was thin and frightened but showed no signs of harm. The next day, the man took Madix to the vet. She then began her new life as a house cat in his home. Finally, he found Madix uninjured. The debris created a “pocket” where the cat spent the next nine days. Gibson returned home with the rescued cat. She drank water and ate three cans of food. She was thin and frightened but showed no signs of harm.
The man took Madix to the vet the next day. She then began her new life as his housebroken cat. It was truly a miracle that his owner was able to hold Madix, whom he had given up hope of losing forever. Gibson was convinced that if a cat has nine lifetimes, Madix had spent eight of them languishing under rubble.