Syrian Refugees Reach Safety with Cat

When one family had to leave their home in war-torn Syria, they couldn’t leave behind their beloved tabby cat, Zaytouna.

When one family had to leave their home in war-torn Syria, they couldn’t leave behind their beloved tabby cat, Zaytouna.

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When one family had to leave their home in war-torn Syria, there was something they couldn’t leave behind – their beloved tabby cat, Zaytouna.

The man with the kitten you see in the photo above refused to make his trip to safety without Zaytouna traveling by his side, believing that the cat would be lost without him – and he with her.

We first heard about this story on LoveMeow.com who reported the story as it came to light on Twitter and Instagram.

“This is love, this Syrian refugee couldn’t bear to leave his kitten behind, so it came with him,” Catterati @iambagpuss said via Twitter.

Via boat, the family traveled from Syria to Lesbos, Greece – the man cradling Zaytouna to his chest tightly for the entirety of the voyage. Upon reaching the shore, the man and his family dropped to their knees to pray – crying, shaking, and fussing over the furry feline who made the incredible journey to safety with them.

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