Momo the cat has been living a quiet life since gaining global celebrity status when he leapt from a submerged pickup truck and swam for his life in floodwaters that hit southern Alberta.
Momo and his dad were in their truck on a partially submerged street in High River when disaster struck.
Momo’s dad had been at work when the flooding started and he went back to his apartment in to pick up Momo.
The truck hit a deep spot on the road and was quickly swamped by water washing through the community from the Highwood River.
Momo’s dad smashed out the back window of the cab and hopped into the truck bed with the then-eight-month-old cat in his arms.
Momo jumped from his dad’s arms into the water and started paw-paddling to safety, his tiny wet head poking just above the surface.
The moment was captured and the images garnered international media attention as a symbol of hope amidst the devastating flooding.
“I swam behind Momo and wherever Momo went that’s where I was going. I’m just glad he went for shore!” said his dad.
Reflecting back, he thinks Momo may have actually saved his life since he probably would have stayed with his truck.
Nevertheless, some people questioned this heroic cat dad and the sanity of going back to save his cat.
“Some people asked me: ‘For a cat? Really?’ and I told them… he is a member of the family, so what can you do?” Momo’s dad says.
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Momo’s Grandma had mixed feelings at first.
“At first, I must admit I was angry that my son had gone back in to get the cat but, all in all, incredibly proud because he did all the right things for all the right reasons. I love my son and I love my grandkitty, and I can’t imagine life without either one of them.”
Momo didn’t seem to suffer any trauma from his swim. “The next day he was fine and jumped in the shower — same old cat!” his dad said.
Momo’s pics went viral and he became an Internet celebrity after surviving Alberta flood.