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‘Miracle cat’ Poppy survives 30-minute wash cycle

Amazingly the six-month-old kitten suffered no lasting damage from her ordeal.

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Poppy the cat and a washing machine

A six-month-old kitten had a “miraculous” escape after surviving a wash cycle.

Poppy’s owners, from Launceston in Australia, only discovered she was in the machine some 30 minutes into the cycle after searching the whole house when they realised nobody in the family knew where she was.

Kim Burr told ABC News: “We got the biscuits out, looked through all the cupboards — we went all over the house, but we couldn’t find her.

“And then I thought … maybe. I stopped the wash and there she was.”

Poppy was limp and barely breathing when the family found her, so they took her to Launceston’s Animal Medical Centre, unsure if she was even still alive.

But while she was concussed, had water in her lungs and had suffered some bruising, incredibly she had no serious injuries.

Tim Laws, from the Animal Medical Centre, said it was “quite amazing” that Poppy had survived.

“I’ve seen some unusual things in my time, but I’ve never seen a cat do this before,” he told ABC.

Poppy the kitten recovering from her ordeal
Poppy was treated for two days but suffered no lasting damage (Animal Medical Centre/PA)

Poppy was treated for a couple of days before being sent back home to her family.

The centre confirmed that the kitten was now “back to her normal self” and had suffered “absolutely no lasting damage”.

“She is a miracle cat,” Ms Burr told ABC. “She’s a very special cat.”

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