Madix, a Mayfield cat lost days ago when the Kentucky tornado demolished his home, was found alive and safe by his owner, Sonny Gibson, who never stopped looking.

Continually searching the rubble of the three-story office building that the Mayfield cat lived in and greeted customers of his rental business, Sonny thought he heard a faint meow and immediately put all his efforts into finding the solid black cat with yellow eyes.

“I don’t know how anything could’ve survived not just the tornado but the destruction that came along with it,” he told AP News.

The devastating Kentucky tornado brought down not just his three-story office building, but also the entire neighborhood as it traveled 165.7 miles over nearly three hours of destruction on Friday, Dec. 10.

Standing in rubble this past Sunday, Gibson couldn’t believe it when he heard the faint meowing of his Mayfield cat and called some employees over to help him remove bits of building and debris to find Madix. Not too long after, they were able to locate and rescue the cat, unharmed after nine days.

“I thought I heard a meow, and I thought my mind’s playing tricks on me so I hollered his name out, and he meowed again,” Sonny Gibson said.

“It was just an incredible feeling to put him in my arms,” he continued. “If cats actually have nine lives, he probably used up about eight of them in that nine-day period.”

Sonny Gibson took Madix the unscathed Mayfield cat home, fed and bathed him, and promised that he would live the rest of his days as a protected and loved house cat. Madix reportedly ate three whole bowls of food, drank a bowl of water, and is now in good health.

Madix’s story has since become a sign of hope for the town, as it gives families and others still looking for lost loved ones hope that they too could be survivors of the storm, just waiting to be found.

“It’s a blessing for people to hear the story so they can take that and realize that great things can come out of terrible situations,” Sonny Gibson told AP News. “If it’s uplifting to one person, then Madix has served his purpose on this planet.”

Another miraculous recovery occurred in Hopkins County, Ky., when two babies placed in a bathtub and carried away by the storm were also found alive and unharmed.

Clara Lutz, a Kentucky resident who did not have time to flee her home before the deadly storm struck the state, placed the two babies in the bathtub with a bible and a pillow before it was ripped out of its foundation and swept away, young ones still inside.

Hit on the head by the water tank that supplied the tub, Clara Lutz began searching for the babies the second the tornado passed, eventually finding them unharmed with help from neighbors and the local sheriff.

Kaden, one of the two babies found safe under a bathtub after the devastating Kentucky tornado
Kaden, one of the two babies found safe under a bathtub after the devastating Kentucky tornado. Photo Credit: Lutz Family

“I felt the rumbling, I felt the shaking of the house. Next thing I knew, the tub had lifted and it was out of my hands. I couldn’t hold on, I just — Oh my God,” Clara Lutz told local reporters, recalling the horrific incident. “All I could say was, ‘Lord please bring my babies back safely. Please, I beg thee.'”

Found safely under the bathtub, which was flipped upside down in the yard, 15-month-old Kaden and 3-month-old Dallas were not only dry, but both alive and unscathed.

An entire family in Arkansas was also saved by hoping into their bathtub as the tornado leveled their house around them, telling reporters that, “We grabbed a pillow, and we sat in the bathtub, and as soon as we sat down, [the house] was gone.”

“I thought I was going to be buried alive,” Jada Madden recalled. “I’m so grateful. I don’t think we would’ve all fit in the tub.”