California firefighter rescues cat from wildfire, now she won't leave his side
Ryan Coleman said that ever since he rescued the cat, she has been around him, even when he carried out his job in the forest region
A California firefighter has found a new admirer in a cat he rescued from the site of the Paradise wildfire, and who now just would not leave his side. The Engine Captain at Fairview Valley Fire Department, Ryan Coleman, shared a video of his encounter with the rescued cat in a Facebook post, telling his followers that the feline would not let go of him.
Coleman said that ever since he rescued the cat, she has been around him, even when he carried out his job in the forest region. Seeing that the cat was not intending to leave him, he carried on with his work with the feline clinging to his body, according to reports.
"Kitty rescue. She just chilled on my neck and shoulders as I'd walk around," Coleman said in his post, which also consisted of images of the cat.
The video shows Coleman laughing as he addresses the cat: "Let's go for a walk. Where are we going? We're walking around." The pair seems quite content with each other in the videos too.
Shortly after Coleman put the pictures and videos of the duo out, the post became viral and was shared nearly 33,000 times. The video posted by Coleman also had 1.7 million views as of Monday. Many viewers of the video also advised Coleman to take the cat home as she seemed to have formed a bond with her rescuer.
"You obviously have to keep her if nobody claims her, she loves you!" one Facebook user wrote. "I wish. I'm still out here," the firefighter responded to another user.
Coleman, a few days before his heartwarming post, had also posted about the destruction unleashed by the wildfire, which has reduced an entire town to ashes.
"On scene of the Camp Fire, and starting shift #1. My heart and prayers go out to the more than 2,000 families that lost their homes and all the people that lost loved ones," he wrote on Facebook. "Hoping for the safety of my crew and fellow firefighters. I'm excited to be here helping out, and I'm ready to get started doing what we do!"
The Northern California mountain town, Paradise, has been nearly wiped off the map by the state's deadliest wildfire on record. Reports state that there are nearly 1,276 people from the town who have been reported missing, while 77 have been confirmed dead. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said that as of Monday, the blaze had torched 151,000 acres (61,107 hectares) of drought-parched scrub and trees, incinerating more than 9,800 homes along the way.