A northern California woman who rescued a cat injured in the fawn fire said the animal was nursed to health after being found severely burned on property devastated by the wildfire.
Footage shared by Donna Lynne on October 1, shows the cat – now called Fawn – devouring breakfast and scratching its stomach.
Lynne, the owner of a wildcat sanctuary and an unwanted house cat kennel, has documented her interactions with Fawn, including the early stages of their relationship and their health improvements.
“I bathed her when she was covered in poisonous ash, cleaned her burns, and then soaked her in iodine tea to try to sterilize her burned body,” Lynne told Storyful. “Her whole body was badly scorched, her feet so badly burned that she has no back nails, her earplugs have melted.”
“She was pretty scared and closed first,” she said. “She rummaged under her covers and mewed softly in pain. Now she purrs and enjoys my touch, but she’s still trembling in pain that is heartbreaking. “
The 8,578-acre Fawn Fire had destroyed 185 buildings and damaged 26 more by Friday when it was 95 percent contained, according to Cal Fire. Photo credit: Donna Lynne via Storyful