When a 6.5 earthquake struck central Italy, Daniela fled her home. Unfortunately, the distraught woman could not find her cat Gioia before fleeing. When she went back to look for her, she discovered her home was destroyed during a powerful aftershock.

Gioia spent almost six days buried without food or water. Miraculously, a worker sifting through the rubble with a bulldozer spotted the terrified kitty. Rescuers grabbed her and carried her to the street, where they gave her water.

Gioia, which means “Joy,” will survive her ordeal, proving once and for all that cats may have nine lives after all.

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