Over the last few months, more and more Syrians have packed up and escaped their country to begin a new life elsewhere. When fleeing his home, one young man decided a certain furry member of his family was not going to be left behind.
Photos of the unidentified man, who is on a journey to escape the war-torn country with his family and beloved kitten, are making the Internet rounds, reports the Daily Mail via the Greek news outlet Protothema. Cradled in a makeshift sling across his shoulder, the cute cat – named Zaytouna, which is Arabic for Olive – is stealing the heart of many social media followers.
Syrian refugee arrives in Greece with his kitten. There must be many pets left behind in Syria. pic.twitter.com/Flqh4Y4ZJS
— Sonia Smart (@CatShelterGoa) September 12, 2015
The photos show the man and his family arriving together on the island of Lesbos, Greece. Reportedly, this is just a pit stop as they continue their journey to Europe.
— Tamara (@tamara_vdP) September 14, 2015
According to the blog Keep Talking Greece, Zaytouna is one of several pets that are traveling with families escaping war and violence seeking a better life.