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Cat reunited with owners three years after tsunami in Iwak Prefecture

The Ofunato home of Kazuto Yamagishi and her husband was spared the devastation. Now three years later, their beloved cat has been returned.
The Ofunato home of Kazuto Yamagishi and her husband was spared the devastation. Now three years later, their beloved cat has been returned.
Photo by Ken Ishii/Getty Images

Kazuko Yamagishi and her husband's home in Ofunato in the Iwak Prefecture miraculously survived the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsaunami in the Tohoku region on May 9, 2011, but their cat disappeared reported the Asahi Shimbun.

Three years later, the couple's 12-year-old black cat named Suika is home.

A reunion was recently held at the Ofunato Health Center with Kazuko asking her favorite short hair feline,

“Where have you been?”

After the disaster in 2011, the couple had searched for Suika for months, but finally gave up convinced that he had not survived. So fast forward to three years later, when a couple found a black cat snuggled up in the forest of Rikuzentakata, which had been another area of disaster. The cat was extremely friendly and wore a collar; the couple cared for the cat and reported him to the officials at the Ofunato Health Center.

The Ofunato Health Center ran the cat's photo in a local newspaper, but no one responded. The photographer taking the cat's pictures, however noticed faded letters and numbers on the cat's collar; the information wound up to be the owner's cell phone number.

Read more of the story by GettyImages.com by clicking here.

Welcome home Suika. Miracle do happen.

Careful now Suika; you only have eight lives left.

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