Photo of North Carolina man & his adorable kitten named 'Survivor' goes viral

Monica Otayza
Sep 17, 2018
04:15 A.M.
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Robert Simmons Jr. and his adorable kitten named ‘Survivor’ were rescued from floodwaters in North Carolina, leaving behind his father who did not want to come. Photo’s of the two goes viral and warms the heart of social media users.


Last September 15, 2018, Robert Simmons Jr. and his kitten named ‘Survivor’ were rescued from the massive increasing floodwaters from Hurricane Florence in New Bern, North Carolina. The storm was given a category 4 hurricane but became category 1 as it made landfall.


His father, however, chose to be left in their house surrounded by the flood. Rescuers came on a rowboat to save the two – Robert and Survivor, who was kept safely inside the shoulder part of his jacket. News & Observer reporter Andrew Carter posted a photo of the two with the caption:

“Meet Robert Simmons. Was stuck in his house since last night, when floodwaters began to rise in New Bern. A boat came and rescued him just now. He was sad to leave his father but left with his kitten hugging his neck. Cat’s name: Survivor, Simmons said.”

Source: Getty Images

Source: Getty Images


The post has garnered over 39,000 likes and 12, 000 comments of people showing empathy to the tragedy, but simple happiness that has happened.

Survivor is one lucky kitty as Robert did not forget to bring and keep his kitten warm and safe. Definitely, Robert is an animal lover. According to Robert, Survivors mother was also onsite as the flood waters increased. However, he chose to leave her behind as she was a “wildcat.” On the other hand, Survivor is still young and has grown to be affectionate to Robert because of his habit of feeding the kitty.

According to Associated Press, Hurricane Florence has left 11 casualties dead last Saturday due to posts and trees falling, and other calamity impacts. The tropical storm left the parts of the state submerged and residences stranded and in need of help.

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