Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Features

November 1, 2012

Survivor cat reunites with family 17 months after tornado

JOPLIN, Mo. — The Kent family resigned themselves to life without their beloved cat, Simba, when a powerful tornado destroyed their home on May 22, 2011. The family had huddled in the basement during the powerful, EF-5 storm. Their furry, grey friend wandered away.

Jan Kent visited animal shelters after the tornado, which destroyed 7,500 homes here and 158 people. She went back over the streets at night. There was no sign of Simba.

Then, on Sunday, the Kent family was touring the old neighborhood with an aunt in town from Atlanta and returned to the place that was once their home. That's when Jan Kent saw a cat that looked much like the one they lost 17 months earlier.

“There’s a nick on his ear, and when I saw that, I just knew,” she said. “I called his name, and he came right over. I never thought we would have him back.”

The Kents had adopted Simba from a PetSmart in 2002. Sisters Alexandra, 21, and Stephanie, 14, chose him because he was active and appeared tough.

“He was the wildest cat there," said Stephanie. "We knew he was a survivor.”

Of course, the Kents aren't sure who or what might have been helping Simba survive these past few months. No one had given him a collar. They knocked on a door near where they found him, with no luck.

“He’s a lot smaller now than he was at the old house,” Alexandra said. “He was a big kitty before, but you can tell someone has taken care of him by feeding him."

The Kents are staying at a hotel until their new house is ready next month. Simba will stay with their grandmother until the family moves in.

Stephanie said Simba's return will be the best possible housewarming present.

“It’s like he never left us,” she said. “This all feels like a dream to me still.”

---

Details for this story were reported by The Joplin Globe.

1
Text Only
Features
  • nws - bv081214 - schebler A Wales of a time While most college students covet having the summer off, Emily Schebler, a Ball State University sophomore, has spent the last six weeks delving deep into everything Welsh.The daughter of Rob and Marta Schebler, Batesville, was selected to participat

    August 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv081214 - schebler A Wales of a time While most college students covet having the summer off, Emily Schebler, a Ball State University sophomore, has spent the last six weeks delving deep into everything Welsh.The daughter of Rob and Marta Schebler, Batesville, was selected to participat

    August 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv080814 - EC orientation ECHS freshmen welcomed ST. LEON – East Central High School administrators and staff members decided to try something different on the first day of school. In the past, motivational speakers have discussed various topics with students, but this year, after the teens went to

    August 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • How county seniors stay young BROOKVILLE – “You don’t stop being active because you get old, you get old because you stop being active.” That’s how the modern altruism goes and that’s the reason behind the Franklin County Senior Center, according to executive director Cathy Pelso

    August 8, 2014

  • nws - bv080114 - roell car Retired farmer wins a new car Floyd Roell had a feeling. Last year, he bought a ticket for the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway, but had no premonition. This year, the giveaway kept popping up in front of his face, reminding him about his granddaughter, but still no sixth sense.“This

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv072914 - kids kick drugs (new) 'You can say no' to drugs About 50 youngsters participated in the Southeastern Indiana YMCA’s Kids Kick Drugs program July 26. Master George Dwenger (a person receives the title of Master after completing the 4th Degree Black Belt) told the youngsters, “First and most importa

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv070814 - muething RAA gave theater founder his start When John Leo Muething was 5 and living in Batesville, his three older siblings and parents, Dr. Steve and Meg Muething, starred in the Rural Alliance for the Arts production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” but, much to his dismay,

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv070814 - jeffers West Point graduation Jeffers savors West Point experience Tom Jeffers, a 2010 Batesville High School graduate, recently graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point. The Fort Sill, Oklahoma, resident is the son of former Batesville residents Tom and Kathleen Jeffers, Alexandria, Virginia,

    July 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv062714 - STEM - sara bauer Students learn valuable STEM skills Two area students attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point’s Middle School STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Workshop June 2-5.Alexandra Cottingham, Batesville, daughter of Rebecca Krieger Cottingham and Michael Cottingham,

    June 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • nws - bv062014 - Eckstein family Cancer hits home for local family Cancer survivors and those who have lost their fight with the disease will be honored during the June 21-22 Ripley County Relay for Life. One local individual who will be remembered is Mark Eckstein, Batesville, who worked for the Batesville Water an

    June 20, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
AP Video
US: We Do Not Pay Ransom to Terrorists Ferguson Teachers Training to Deal With Trauma Jon Hamm on the Unrest in Ferguson Tit for Tat? McDonald's Shuttered in Moscow Life on the Professional Video Game Circuit TX Gov Perry in Washington: 'Confident' in Case Hospital Releases Two Missionaries Who Had Ebola Ramen Health Risks: The Dark Side of the Noodle NYC Doctor-in-chief Seeks Community Approach Indonesian Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters Raw: Shots Fired in Liberian Shantytown DOJ, Bank of America Reach Record Settlement Raw: Cubavision Airs Images of Fidel Castro Raw: Grief After Deadly Airstrikes in Gaza Officer Who Pointed Gun at Protesters Suspended Kathy Griffin Challenges Minaj to 'a Booty Off' Johnson: Six Arrests, No Tear Gas in Ferguson Raw: Rescue, Relief Efforts at Japan Landslide Cadavers, a Teen, and a Medical School Dream California Drought Stings Honeybees, Beekeepers
Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Facebook