We've heard of people being declared dead then mysteriously coming back to life. But animals being resurrected? Apparently, there are several cases of creatures that have managed to escape death's icy grip despite previously appearing to have definitively bitten the dust.
Whether it's dogs refusing to be euthanized, cats going for a ride in the dryer or lizards stuck in a time capsule, it's clear from these stories that animals have the same survival instinct we do and will fight to stay alive, even against all odds.
Unfortunately for us, no one has managed to find out from these critters if they were sent back to complete some unfinished animal business or if they witnessed some form of animal heaven. Nevertheless, each of their stories are truly fascinating by themselves and add even more mystery to the already intriguing world of beast-dom.
Here are 10 shocking cases of dead animals coming back to life.
10 Roadkill Deer Frightens Officers When It Jumps Out of Car Trunk
9 Dog Hit by Car and Prepared for Burial, Found Sitting Up the Next Morning
8 Cat Buried After Being Found Battered and Dead Turns up Alive Nine Months Later
7 Abandoned Puppy Euthanized but Comes Back to Life to be Adopted
6 Kitten Spun for a Five-Minute Drying Cycle Dies Then Is Revived
5 Dog Hit by Car Comes Back to Life After Being Euthanized (Twice)
4 Duck Keeps Coming Back from the Dead
3 Dog That Is Found Drowned and Lifeless After Flood Comes Back to Life
2 Dead Pet Hamster Resurrects on Good Friday
1 Lizard Buried in a Time Capsule for 31 Years Comes Back to Life
The horned toad lizard is known to live no longer than ten years. For this reason, no one could explain why one of them buried in a cornerstone of a courthouse in Eastland in 1897 was still alive 31 years later. A crowd of around three thousand was on hand to witness the opening of the time capsule in February of 1928. Understandably, everyone was shocked to see the entombed reptile spring to life, thereby earning it the nickname "Ol' Rip" -- a reference to Rip Van Winkle. The lizard became a celebrity overnight, even meeting United States President Calvin Coolidge. However, the animal died eleven months later, an autopsy revealing that the creature had suffered from pneumonia. The carcass was then embalmed and laid to rest in a velvet box at the courthouse lobby. But in 1955, the remains were stolen, and in the carcass's place was an anonymous letter that claimed the whole thing to be a hoax. Later, the lizard's body was recovered at the county fairgrounds, and to this day, many believe the story of this reptile's miraculous resurrection to be true.
Sources: dailymail.co.uk, huffingtonpost.com, peoplepets.com, wikipedia.org, roadtrippers.com, courriermail.com.au, nydailynews.com, news.bbc.co.uk, usatoday.com, nbcnews.com
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