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"Miracle cat" survives two months trapped in a window seat

December 24, 2008 |  9:36 pm

Bess survived for more than two months with no food or water The odds were stacked against Times staff writer Kim Murphy's cat, Bess, when she disappeared from Murphy's Bainbridge Island, Wash., home in September.  Bess' human family feared she had escaped and been eaten by one of the coyotes that live nearby, but she turned out to be a lot closer than they expected (and in pretty dire straits).

More than two months after Bess' disappearance, she turned up in an unexpected place: a window seat in the home.  With no food or water, Bess had shriveled to a mere 4.7 pounds when she was found, and she'd lost her sight because of malnutrition.

Murphy's brother, a veterinarian, told her that "most cats will not survive a two-week period without food and water.  Some won't even survive two days."  So how did Bess make it?  That's a medical mystery. 

Bess has gained nearly two pounds since she was found and "seems to have recovered part of her eyesight," Murphy says.  Read the full story here.

--Lindsay Barnett

Photo: Kim Murphy/Los Angeles Times

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