While Egypt is renowned for its grand tombs and the ancient residents that within, it seems that one cat's tomb was not meant to be neither grand nor eternal. This week, a cat was saved from its "tomb" inside of a wall of a Cairo Metro station after five years of being trapped there.
The cat became stuck between the surface of the wall and a fire extinguisher installment at the Mohamed Naguib Metro Station in the city after being bullied inside the wall by another cat. For most cats, this would have meant a long, slow death from starvation for the cat, but along came Uncle Abdo. For the last five years, Uncle Abdo has spent his days feeding the stuck cat he named Biso.
Adbo gave the cat water from the top half of his water bottle and was able to push in small amounts of food. This was a normal routine for the pair, with no city officials listening to his pleas for help. It wasn't until a photo of the cat with its tail poking through the wall went viral that city officials began to listen. Through the intense pressure from animal advocates applied to local authorities, on March 13th the wall came down and Biso came out.
Animal advocate Mounira Shehata described the scene when they brought the wall down, “When we removed the wall, a heinous smell emerged from the dark hole, which was 15-centimeter wide and four-meter long. It was like a tomb. There were black worms along four meters of the edge, where Uncle Abdo was able to put in food for Biso,”
After five years of living in a dark wall inside a loud Metro station, Biso was too frightened to come out and meet his rescuers, but eventually he was lured out of the wall and into freedom, so much freedom that he eluded his rescuers and quickly left the Metro station.