Pietro is an Italian cat whose walls came crashing down in the recent devastating Italian earthquake. Miraculously, he was rescued 16 days later from the pile of rubble under which he was trapped. He is thought to have survived on rainwater.
Firefighters were excavating a collapsed house in Amatrice to retrieve personal items from the home when they heard faint mews coming from under the rubble. They carefully extricated the grey and white cat, gave him some water, then transported him to a vet in a nearby town to be treated for a broken jaw and dehydration.
A cat named Gioia held the previous record — six days — for being trapped under the quake rubble,
Pietro is resting comfortably tonight, wondering how many of his nine lives he gave up during the ordeal.
Nearly 300 people were killed by the 6.0 magnitude quake.