Old Wives' Tales
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Claim: A mother cat and kittens were found living in the basement of a restaurant beneath the rubble of the World Trade Center.
Origins: Tales of miraculous survivals are especially popular in the face of disaster (as exemplified by rumors about the unburned Bible in the Pentagon and the "fall guy" who rode bits of a collapsing World Trade Center tower to safety from
This story of feline fortitude has been reported by a few local news outlets such as Minnesota's WCCO and Denver's 9News. We have marked this story as "undetermined" for now because none of the news accounts provides enough detail to demonstrate that the mother cat was actually found beneath the WTC and that she had been there ever since
A verified tale of a New York cat using up one of its nine lives is the account of Precious, a 8-year-old white Himalayan-Persian who resided in a building on Liberty Street, about a block away from Ground Zero. Precious' owners, Steve and
Last updated: 8 March 2008
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