Cat lives 16 days under rubble of Joplin tornado -

Cat lives 16 days under rubble of Joplin tornado

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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -- Surely, Lavern the cat has used all of her nine lives.

The cat's owners found her alive and basically well, 16 days after she was buried under the rubble left when a tornado destroyed their home in Joplin.

Terrla and J.E. Cruse went back to the house Tuesday to look for paperwork needed for a Federal Emergency Management Agency application. They hadn't seen Lavern since the tornado and had given up hope of finding the 13-year-old animal.

Terrla Cruse says she was talking to her sister when she heard a cat meow.

She and her sister followed the meowing. They dug through the rubble and unearthed Lavern, thinner and dehydrated but alive. The Joplin Globe reports that a veterinarian says Lavern will make a complete recovery.

Information from: The Joplin Globe,

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