6 Of History’s Most Famous Cats (Slideshow)
Why should dogs get all the glory? Check out some fascinating felines whose tales of survival & bravery have touched us over the years.
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6. Faith, the Bravest Cat in the World
In 1936, Faith, likely a stray, wandered into St. Augustine’s church in London. She won the hearts of the clergy and the parishoners, and ended up staying around for years. Faith gave birth to her kitten, named Panda, in 1940. On September 6th of that year, Faith and Panda started to take refuge in the basement, presumably because Faith thought her kitten was in danger. And she was — the next night, a heavy air raid deluged the city. The church was severely damaged, and a fireman believed that they couldn’t possibly have survived. Father Henry Ross didn’t believe it, and he searched for the pair. He found them, unharmed, surrounded by smoldering rubble
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2. Emily, the American Cat Who Made Her Way to France
Emily is truly a continental cat. She disappeared without a trace from her Appleton, Wisconsin home in September 2005. She made her way to a container at a distribution center, which then left by truck to Chicago, and eventually to Belgium by ship. She was discovered at a laminating company in Nancy, France. After she was ID’d by her tags, she was flown back home to her. It just goes to show, always have ID tags on your pets — you never know where they might have wandered to!
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3. Unsinkable Sam, the Cat Who Survived Three Shipwrecks
Unsinkable Sam survived as many name changes as he did shipwrecks — 3, to be exact. He started out as a ship’s cat aboard the German Battleship Bismarck, which was sunk by the British in 1941. He soon switched sides, after being found floating on a board by the British Royal Navy. Now known as Oscar, the cat survived yet another shipwreck, and another one after that. Three was enough for Unsinkable Sam — he was then sent back to the U.K., where he lived in a seaman’s home until his death in 1955.
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4. Scarlett, the Cat Who Saves Her Kittens From a Fire
Scarlett the cat and her 5 kittens were strays on the streets of Brooklyn, New York. When the abandoned garage they were staying in caught fire, Scarlett took each kitten one by one to safety, and, because she was blinded by the fire, touch their noses to see if they were alive. Once she rescued all of her kittens, she collapse unconscious. Heroic Scarlett and her four surviving kittens became international media sensations, and, luckily, recovered from their ordeal.
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5. Room 8, America’s Most Famous Cat
For years, Room 8 appeared at the beginning of every school year at Elysian Heights Elementary in Los Angeles, Calif. He would live at the school all year, and disappear over the summer. His like-clockwork appearances made him famous, and, every year, news cameras would document his arrival. There is an animal shelter named in his honor.
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6. Mike, the Cat Who Guarded the British Museum
Mike is known as the the 20th century’s most famous British cat. He became famous worldwide for his role as the guard cat of the British Museum. From 1909-1929, he would taunt pigeons, who would be brought to the housekeeper and returned unharmed.