Krillen the cat used up more than one of his nine lives after surviving 19 hours trapped in a freezer. His owner, Sarah Crombie, found him lying stiff and semi-conscious on top of a bag of dog food and was stunned when the cat let out a pathetic sound.
"It was sort of a 'miaow' but he was so half-frozen he couldn't get the noise out properly, poor thing. So I look down and I see this grey fluffy thing sitting on top of the bag of dog food under a rack."
"At first we thought his eyeballs were frozen. I've never seen a cat with such big eyes."
The gray tabby was shut into the top-loading freezer when Crombie’s partner, Sid Sisson, closed the door without realizing Krillen was inside.
Luckily, Sisson knew to bring the cat’s body temperature back up slowly. He put Krillen under his shirt and lay down in bed with him under the blankets for three hours. The cat trembled violently, but has emerged from the incident unscathed.
His survival amazed animal expert Dr. Nick Cave, senior lecturer at Massey University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Cave says he knew of one cat that had been stuck in a freezer for 24 hours and lived, but had kidney damage and frostbite.
Cats have been known to survive some pretty incredible circumstances, like arrows through the head, 26-story falls, four weeks in a refrigerator and, recently in New York, a two-mile trip in an SUV engine.