Two weeks ago, the world was shocked to its core by the collapse of a condo building just outside Miami, Florida.
The search for survivors went on for over a week, before announcing just days ago that they were no longer looking for survivors.
At the time of writing, the death toll stands at 79, with a further 61 people still unaccounted for.
While the news is truly horrific, one story has emerged which has amazed people from around the globe. This is the story of a cat which lived on the ninth floor of Champlain Towers South and miraculously survived the collapse.
Binx, a cat that lived on the ninth floor of Champlain Towers South Condo, was found safe two weeks after the building collapsed and has been reunited with its family, an animal rescue organization said. https://t.co/VW7FLphQva
— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) July 9, 2021
The skinny black feline, Binx, was spotted wandering near the rubble of Champlain Towers South in Surfside Thursday night and taken to the rescue group Kitty Campus, according to local outlet WSVN.
Now, the kitty has been returned to its loving family.
Maria Gaspari, a friend of the feline's family told the station, said:
Pets are family and this is a miracle. I'm shaking right now. In the middle of this sadness, we were hoping for good news either for any survivors or any pet.
Binx belongs the Gonzalez family. Angela Gonzalez and her daughter Deven were some of the first to be pulled from the rubble and were hospitalized. Deven's older sister Tayler Gonzalez was not home during the collapse.
Sadly, their father Edgar Gonzalez is still missing.
Kitty Campus co-founder Gina Nicole Vlasek said in Facebook post.
"All we needed was a ray of hope in this tragedy … Today was one of the most amazing days. One of the survivors came to see the cat and to determine if it was her families cat and IT WAS!"
Crews have been searching through the rubble for almost 2 weeks, but recently, officials announced they are ending their search and rescue operation.
Currently, seventy-nine bodies have been found but officials now say there are no signs that there are any other survivors. The only survivors who were rescued were in the first hours after the building fell.
Crews will now shift their recovery efforts in the hope of finding the bodies of the people who are still unaccounted for.
According to BuzzFeed, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava told reporters: "At this point, we have truly exhausted every option available to us in the search and rescue mission."
Over the past 2 weeks, the search saw crews using sonar, cameras, dogs, and heavy machinery in their search to find people. All while battling the fire, smoke, and torrential rain.
At the beginning of the search, hopeful signs of banging under the steel and concrete debris had been detected. But now, fire officials said they have no longer heard any sounds or indications that there are still survivors in the wreck.
Our Miami Firefighters who are part of the @floridataskforce2_usar team along with other members from different municipalities in South Florida have been supporting @miamidadefirerescue within 24 hours of the collapse. pic.twitter.com/pb5BjZvElI
— Miami Fire Rescue (@CityofMiamiFire) July 1, 2021
Crews are expected to remain on the site for weeks with the hope of finding everyone missing.
Rest in Peace to all of those who tragically lost their lives in this terrible accident.