Cat Warned His Human Of Gatlinburg Wildfires
The cool thing about God is that He can use literally anyone or anything for a miracle. In this case, he used a Tiger. Ok, not an actual tiger. . . a Siamese cat named Tiger. This heroic cat warned his human of the oncoming Gatlinburg wildfires. And his warning saved his owner’s life!
Mark And His Tiger
60-year-old Mark Burger is a resident and local business owner of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. When news first broke of the threat of wildfires, he decided he wasn’t going to worry himself to death. If any danger threatened Mark, his home or his business, he figured he’d be notified. Certainly an emergency alert would come through on his cellphone.
“I never did get the evacuation alert and Monday the fire seemed far enough away from downtown and the condos on hillsides nearby that I thought it was likely it would be contained before it threatened the city,” Mark said.
So, Mark decided he and his Siamese cat, Tiger, would stay put in their condo. Tiger had been given to Mark by his son, Tyler, who’d found him as an abandoned kitten. Since then, Tiger had been a wonderful companion, and he and Mark shared a close bond.
So, when Tiger started acting strangely, Mark took notice.
Mark’s Cat Warned Him Of Danger
The two spent a relaxing day at the condo. But around 8pm, Tiger, who’s ordinarily pretty laid back, started acting out of character.
The anxious kitty stared intently at the curtained windows. He paced nervously in front of the door. Tiger repeatedly ran over to Mark and ran back to the door once he had his attention.
Puzzled by Tiger’s unusual behavior, Mark decided to take the trash out. Maybe it was a raccoon that had his feline friend up in arms. But as Mark crossed the parking lot to the dumpster, he saw something that made his blood run cold!
A Hasty Escape
Mark looked up to see flames consuming the mountains across from his condo. Somehow, he’d never received the evacuation alert. He was only aware of the terrible danger he was in because his cat warned him!
Mark raced back inside. He threw his heart medication and some clothes into a bag, grabbed Tiger and hit the road.
Thankfully, Mark’s home and business was spared in the fire. And he’s eternally grateful for the warning he got from Tiger.
“He’s a pretty great cat,” Mark said.
Inspirational Short Stories of Animals Helping Humans
Here are a few of our favorite inspirational stories where our furry animal friends helped humans in our series of animal short stories that we thought you may like!
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- Dog With Cancer Saves Owner From Suicide
- Service Dog Saves Owner from Being Hit by Bus
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h/t: Southern Living