Long Island Cat Missing for 2 Years Found in Times Square by Zombie

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Zombies may have an insatiable hunger for human flesh and/or brains, but what they apparently have in common with the living is a love of cats. A New York City zombie rescued a stray cat and returned it to its owner who hadn't seen the animal since it ran away two years ago, according to the Associated Press.

Of course, Jeremy Zelkowitz isn't really a zombie. But the 22-year-old does dress as one of the walking dead every day to work in a year-round Times Square haunted house. He was working when he ran across 42nd Street to save a cat he saw dangerously running in and out of traffic.

The charging zombie gave a few tourists a bit of a start. Zombies usually shamble.

Zelkowitz brought the black-and-white cat to a nearby Bluepearl Veterinary Partners animal hospital. The animal, whose name is Disaster, had a microchip, and its owner was identified as Jimmy Helliesen.

The animal hospital contacted Helliesen, a New York City police officer, to report that the cat had been found. "He couldn't believe it and thought we were playing a practical joke on him," Steve Baker, hospital administrator of the Bluepearl, told the New York Daily News.

Helliesen says he adopted Disaster two years ago, but the cat ran away after just a few months. There's no telling what it got up to in those two years, but Helliesen says his pet must have had "quite an adventure."

Now Zelkowitz is being hailed as a hero for risking his own safety (and breaking character) to rescue Disaster from certain disaster.

"I just love animals," Zelkowitz said. "I try to do the right thing."


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You have a good heart, thank you.

January 20 2014 at 10:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thank you Jeremy for saving one of God's creatures and reuniting him with his owner.

April 06 2013 at 3:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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