By Mark Thiessen
Associated Press 

Cat reunited with owners 26 days after flood destroyed Juneau home


September 13, 2023

Photo courtesy Elizabeth Wilkins via AP

Leo the cat, who went missing for 26 days after a flooded river took out his Juneau home, was reunited with his owners, Elizabeth Wilkins (above) and her partner on Aug. 31.

A pair of Juneau teachers needed good news after they lost nearly all their possessions when their house collapsed last month into the Mendenhall River swollen by a glacial-outburst flood and their cat went missing.

Elizabeth Wilkins was holding onto hope that if any animal would survive the house falling into the river on Aug. 5, it would be Leo, the couple's resilient big-eyed, black-and-white cat who shows no fear of bears.

"I knew that he's pretty smart, and so I felt pretty confident that he would escape and be OK somewhere," she said.

That faith paid off 26 days after the flood when Tony...

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