April 7, 2009 / 5:30 PM / 11 years ago

Cat found alive after 5 weeks under rubble

A fireman recovers documents from amongst the ruins of the collapsed building of the town archive of the German city of Cologne, March 17, 2009. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

BERLIN (Reuters) - A cat named Felix was found alive and well beneath the rubble of a six-storey building in Cologne that collapsed five weeks ago, the fire brigade in German city said Tuesday.

The 12-year-old cat was in surprisingly good health, authorities said. He was found beneath the city archives building that collapsed on March 3.

Rescue workers were clearing away the rubble from the ruins, in which two people were killed, when they spotted a pair of small paws.

“The men lifted some concrete blocks when suddenly a little cat came to light,” said Dietmar Paust, fire brigade spokesman.

Reporting by Franziska Scheven

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