If cats have nine lives, Bart a black-and-white feline in the US has certainly used up one.
When one-year-old Bart was hit by a car earlier this month owner Ellis Hutson, from Tampa, Florida, was so distraught he could not stand the thought of burying the cat, The Tampa Bay Times says.
So he asked neighbour Dusty Albritton to dig a shallow grave. But five days later a matted and injured Bart emerged, meowing for food.
Mr Hutson got in touch with the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, which through the Save-A-Pet Medical Fund will help cover the costs of the surgery Bart needs.
Vets will have to remove an eye, wire his jaw shut and insert a feeding tube. But Bart should recover in about six weeks and will go home with his owner.