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Dog Finds Missing Cat Hiding In Floor, 2 Months After House Fire

A missing cat that was believed to have perished in a house fire is being called a little “miracle” after being found beneath the fire-ravaged home’s floor, two months later.

Ringer the cat was found malnourished but alive thanks to the family’s pet dog, who sniffed him out during the canine’s first return to the property on Sunday, the owner told HuffPost.

“They’re buddies. They’ve been buddies since day one,” owner Christine Marr, told HuffPost of her two rescue pets ― Ringer, 4, and Chloe, 5, the dog.

Chloe was exploring the now-gutted South Haven home, which caught fire from a space heater. Then some casual sniffing led to some strange behavior, Marr said.

Ringer the cat and Chloe the dog are seen together after surviving the March house fire.

“She’s running around the house and she’s sniffing all the corners,” Marr described Chloe. “And then she went to another part of the house and she started licking the floor and scratching at it. I thought, OK, that’s weird.”

They pulled the dog away from the floor three times, but each time she returned. Realizing something was up, Marr said she got a flashlight and shined it into a hole near the floor, “and I heard a faint meow.”

“I figured it was a stray,” she said, as there were several outside the house that she had cared for.

She went to get cat food as bait and upon her return saw her husband petting and studying a bony black cat in total silence.

Chloe the dog and Ringer the cat are seen together again.

“I’m thinking nothing of it,” she said of her reaction, figuring that the cat was another all black stray. Then she…

‘Hero’ School Bus Driver Evacuates 56 Kids Before Bus Bursts Into Flames

A South Carolina school bus driver is being hailed a hero after evacuating 56 children off of a burning bus just moments before it was consumed by flames.

Teresa Stroble was driving students to three Spartanburg County schools Tuesday morning when two students alerted her to smoke at the back of the bus, the school district said in a statement.

Stroble, identified as a 7-year veteran driver and teacher assistant, immediately pulled over and began evacuating the bus, getting all 56 students off in less than a minute, Superintendent Scott Turner said on Twitter.

A school bus that caught fire while transporting children to school on Tuesday morning is seen.

The magnitude of the blaze was captured in photos…

Man Sets Fire to Scare Marsupial, Man Burns Down House

An opossum.
An opossum. Cody Pope/CC BY-SA 2.5

Men—great men, even—sometimes have bad ideas.

Take the man in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, who, on May 3, tried to scare away an opossum by lighting some leaves on fire in his backyard. He ended up destroying his house. “His intention was to use the smoke from the burning leaves to hopefully scare away the opossum,” assistant fire marshal Carl Everhart told Lancaster Online. “Unfortunately for him the exterior of the…