In early 2015, an incredible tale started making the rounds online. As the story goes, a Florida man's cat was hit by a car. Distraught, the man asked his friend to bury his seemingly lifeless cat. The friend does so, then five days later the cat shows up with a broken jaw and a busted eye.
This whole thing seems suspicious.
Let's examine the facts: The only known witnesses to the burial were the owner and the friend who buried it. If I gave my beloved-but-dead pet to a friend to bury, then my pet shows up later, my first thought wouldn't be "Wow, this must have been a miraculous resurrection," but rather, "Wow, my friend is a huge flake."
Or, you know, "Wow, I'm a huge flake, because I thought my cat was dead when it wasn't."
Also, whether in a box or not, being buried alive is not something that's survivable without outside help. The movies make it seem like someone can break out of a coffin and excavate themselves, but they always cut away before the inevitable part where hundreds of pounds of dirt caves in on them, suffocating them in a matter of minutes. So, the only plausible explanation would be that the cat dug himself up immediately, then went wandering around unnoticed by anyone for five days.
Oh, did I mention that a different neighbor claimed their cat died on the same day of similar injuries? The same neighbor who set up a GoFundMe to get money for "surgeries" for the owner of zombie cat. This, despite the fact that the Humane Society paid for all of the cat's surgeries.
Apparently, I'm not the only one who got suspicious, as the Humane Society fought to prevent the owner from retaking his cat, claiming neglect.
Probably the best thing to take from all this is as follows: If you're trying to drum up empathy for a fraudulent GoFundMe, it's wise to not base it on a story that paints you as a guy who buried a live cat.