Never underestimate the kindness of strangers—especially when those strangers are cats who are as wise as they are loving. One elderly man from New Zealand learned just how kind a stranger cat could be when, having recently come home from the hospital following major surgery, he awakened to find a cat snuggled up against his neck—except that that he doesn't own a cat!
An adorable photo of the pair was tweeted out by the man's son, Andrew Falloon, a Member of Parliament in New Zealand.It turns out that the four-footed stranger had simply wandered into Mr. Falloon Sr.'s front door and immediately intuited that the recovering patient could use a bit of TLC.
According to the tweet, Falloon's mother had left the front door open—and the rest is Twitter history. "Mum arrived home and found them cuddled up together on the couch," Falloon told Bored Panda, "She snapped the photo before waking Dad up. He was pretty surprised to find the cat curled up!"
People on Twitter immediately fell in love with the pair!
Falloon shared his mom's photo on Twitter, where it quickly went viral. "After Mum sent me the photo I popped it up on Twitter," notes Falloon, "thinking it might make a few people smile, but I never expected it would go so far. When I went to bed on Sunday night (New Zealand time) it had a couple of thousand views, when I woke up it was in the millions. Now it's in the tens of millions."
As for the identity of the now-famous feline himself, Falloon explains, "He's from somewhere in the neighborhood. It isn't the first time he's turned up to their house, but his first time he's jumped up on Dad. Apparently, his name is Ziggy and it's quite common for him to go wandering."
Falloon notes that his family typically hasn't had any cats. "Up until now my Dad hasn't really been much of a cat person, but I guess he is now." He adds, though, that his parents aren't likely to rush out and adopt a cat of their own anytime soon. "Ziggy seems to have adopted my Dad, so I'm not sure if they'll get another cat. My parents are just happy to have him visit every so often."
Sounds to us like a purr-fect example of a cat being wise enough to know exactly which humans need him the most!
All in all, the Falloons—and Ziggy!—seem to be handling their newfound fame quite well. "It's nice to have Dad on the mend after his operation," says Falloon, "but he's a bit blown away by all the coverage. I had to explain to him what Twitter was and how it's been seen by so many people."
(h/t: Bored Panda)
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