This is the moment a cat was found alive sixteen days after it was trapped under rubble in the devastating Italian earthquake.
The cat, called Pietro, was hauled from the ruins of a collapsed home in the central Italian town of Amatrice by fire fighters after they heard a faint meow.
It is thought the animal had survived on drops of rainwater ever since the quake on August 24 which claimed nearly 300 lives.
Emergency crews took the severely dehydrated animal to a vet in nearby Rieti with one rescuer saying: 'It's really true that cats have nine lives, look at that.'
Continue reading, see more images of Pietro, and watch VIDEO of the rescue. See also other articles of the rescue of cat Gioia and dog Romeo after many days buried under the earthquake rubble in Italy.
Pietro is dehydrated but reasonably well after so many days without food. He was able to drink a little rain water during his ordeal.
PIETRO THE CAT IS FOUND ALIVE
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ROMEO THE DOG RESCUED AFTER NINE DAYS UNDER EARTHQUAKE RUBBLE IN ITALY
The golden retriever appears to be in excellent shape
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