‘Survivor’ The Kitten Flees Hurricane Florence Floodwater Clinging To Man's Neck

‘Survivor’ The Kitten Flees Hurricane Florence Floodwater Clinging To Man's Neck

‘Survivor’ The Kitten Flees Hurricane Florence Floodwater Clinging To Man's Neck

Video of the soggy young cat, aptly named Survivor, went viral after he was rescued with his owner, Robert Simmons Jr., from their home in the flooded town of New Bern, where the overflowing Neuse River turned the small town's streets into canals with water so deep, the tops of street signs barely poked through.

"Was stuck in his house since last night, when floodwaters began to rise in New Bern".

"He was sad to leave his father but left with his kitten hugging his neck", Carter wrote.

More than two feet of rain has fallen in the area.

Another photo shows Survivor huddled inside Simmons' jacket.

Simmons told Carter in a longer interview published in The News & Observer, "I'm an animal lover".

"But this storm was the worst it's ever been".

The newspaper reports Simmons climbed into a rescue boat with Survivor. Then it crawled out and clung to the man's shoulder as the boat made its way through the flood waters.

Officials say hundreds of people in New Bern have been pulled from high water. He also said he was unable to bring the kitten's mother with him because "she's a wild cat".

The city said in its latest update on Saturday more than 100 people still needed to be rescued.