Cat and owner swim for their lives

Here’s a heartwarming story sent by alert reader Iggy to end the week on a happy note.

The photo blog of NBC News has the story and photos of a Candadian man, Kevan Yeats, and his cat Momo, who were overtaken in Yeats’s truck when a river in Alberta overflowed.  The truck went down, and both had to swim for their lives. The photos are quite dramatic:




Look at that moggie swim!

They made it.


And so this tail has a happy ending.

Have a good weekend (I’ll be here all weekend, folks!).


  1. Posted June 21, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Jerry, have you always liked cats?

    • MKray
      Posted June 21, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

      Not Tom!

    • Posted June 22, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

      Republican lawmakers say the love of cats begins in the fetus as early as 15 weeks post-fertilization, so…

  2. Taskin
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    What an ordeal! Fortunately, it seems that Momo the cat is fond of water and swims in the bathtub. I like the way the sequence of photos appears to show the cat moving faster than its owner.

    • mordacious1
      Posted June 21, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

      A dog might have stayed around to see if his owner was okay, this cat though headed right for shore…everyone for themselves! When you only have 9 lives, you can’t waste one on someone who got you into this mess to begin with.

      • Taskin
        Posted June 21, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

        Perhaps the cat was leading the way to safety…

  3. BigBob
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    Cats are awesome.

  4. Marella
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Poor Momo and Kevan, glad they’re ok.

  5. shoebutton1
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    This is a good news story. Southern Alberta is being ravaged by a major flood right now taking out roadways, bridges and houses in several towns.Calgary itself is under water and has had about 75,000 people evacuated. To give sports fans an idea of the damage, the Saddledome arena (home to the NHL Calgary Flames) has filled up to row 10.

    • Diane G.
      Posted June 22, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

      OH no! Sorry to hear this.

  6. anthrosciguy
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    They’ve got contingency plans to temporarily relocate several of the big cats from the Calgary zoo to cells at the courthouse.

    The cross Canada highway is flooded out. Huge mess. Nice to see these guys made it.

    • Posted June 22, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

      The courthouse? That could be fun. “You have been found guilty. There are three doors in front of you. One is the exit, one leads to the jail, and behind the third…is a lion! Choose wisely.”

  7. Dawn Oz
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    We could have a thought bubble competition in terms of the cat’s perception. ‘I told him, Big Julie don’t go!’ ‘Now that’s another fine mess you got me into.’ …….

  8. Posted June 21, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    Those crazy Candadians!

    • JohnnieCanuck
      Posted June 22, 2013 at 1:13 am | Permalink

      Or as someone once told my young daughter and her friends, “Why don’t you go back to Canadia?”, after losing an argument.

  9. quidamwp
    Posted June 22, 2013 at 6:11 am | Permalink

    I moved away 6 months ago (from Bragg Creek)to the big city in the East, I really miss the place, but not today. My friends are still OK but busy storing clean water, it’s likely not long before the city water becomes contaminated

    Bragg Creek …

    • Dawn Oz
      Posted June 22, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

      Thx for the video – shocking.

  10. Diane G.
    Posted June 22, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Incredible shots. And so touchingly revealing of the cat/guardian relationship.

  11. RFW
    Posted June 22, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    <iI’ll be here all weekend, folks!

    Should we try the veal, then?

    [Sorry, JAC, but I couldn’t resist. My lower self overpowered my higher self.]

  12. Posted June 22, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    Text balloons for the pics. Cat speaking.

    Pic one: “I told you it was deeper than it looked, dumb ass!”

    Pic two: “we will have to swim for it, hang on to my tail. If you let go you are on your own”

    Pic three: “I told you not to let go,
    now swim!”

    Last pic : “can I please go home with you?”

    I hope this isn’t in too bad of taste, I of course am glad the cat and owner got out safely. I also wish the best for those affected by the flooding.

  13. Posted June 22, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on Bite Size Canada and commented:
    This story from Alberta is bound to have you smiling! – tk

  14. Posted June 22, 2013 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    Amazing tale! So glad this man and his cat are safe.

  15. Grania Devine
    Posted June 22, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    100,000 people out of their homes, one of Canada’s major cities brought to a standstill, billions of dollars in damage, two towns completely destroyed, drinking water quality in Calgary UNIMPAIRED !!!!! ( can you imagine the work and dedication THAT took?) and we get ” a river in Alberta overflowed”. And by the way, “yay Momo”

  16. Grania Devine
    Posted June 22, 2013 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    And hey, the Calgary Zoo; 100% evacuation! Amazing!

  17. Dominic
    Posted June 24, 2013 at 2:17 am | Permalink

    We could do with the rain in London – only 17mm this month…

    • Jonathan Wallace
      Posted June 24, 2013 at 6:21 am | Permalink

      I think it all fell the day I was there!

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