“When these guys brought the cat in to me, the cat was frozen almost solid. It was stiff,” David Lloyd, Lincoln Public Works director said Wednesday.
“He was completely unresponsive,” said Mary Ann Curtis, Lincoln Animal Control Officer.
Just like the feline in Stephen King's 1983 novel "Pet Sematary" who was killed by a big rig, the cat found Monday by Lincoln Public Works employees came back to life.
“I didn't think the cat had a chance to make it,” Lloyd said. “I wrapped him up in my coat and we set him in the sun.”
“He sat there about two hours on my desk in the sun 'til the humane society opened up and then we took him over,” he added later. “I don't know how long he'd been out here. Sometime that night he must have frozen to the ground.”
He was not in good shape when he arrived at the Penobscot Valley Humane Society.
“His mouth looked very dry, which is why Meg had started giving him some fluids. Just through a syringe, trying to get some fluid back into him,” Curtis said. “And she noticed that his tongue was moving. He was trying to drink involuntarily. That's a really good sign.”
Devon Ireland and Chuck Briggs went Wednesday to see the cat for the first time since rescuing it.
“Awesome. The cat looked ten times better. Ten times better,” said Ireland.
“Yeah,” Briggs said. “It don't even look like the same cat. It's a lot bigger than the one we dug out of the ice.”
“You guys really are the heroes in this situation,” Curtis said as they left to go back to work.
The Lincoln cat is recovering well but currently is in isolation. Numerous people have already offered to adopt him and others have paid for his medical care.
Stephen King wrote "Pet Sematary" while living in a house located close to the road in Orrington that claimed the life of his daughter's cat.
The second film adaptation of King's book opens in theaters on April 5.
WVII/WFVX reached out to Maine's favorite horror writer about the frozen cat story and he responded by saying a line from his book that is now a tag line for the upcoming movie.
“Sometimes dead is better,” but then he added, “But not in this case. We hope.”