Man Rescues Filthy Kitten, Realizes it Has Markings Similar to His Tattoo

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I rescued Charlie about six months ago.

It was early afternoon. My flatmate and I were on our way to get some hummus, just me, her, and her dog Rollo. While walking by an intersection, we noticed a guy trying to get something out of the engine, and when we got closer, we heard the cries from inside.

I wouldn’t say the guy was fat, but he was a big guy. Me on the other hand, is a different thing. I’m really skinny, so I could and I did.

I got a pretty nasty burn from the tubes and pipes and ruined my T-shirt, but around 40 minutes later, I was out from under the car with a tiny, dirty flea-infested unhappy kitten. I had no idea if it was male or female, how old, or even the coat color of the little thing. I took him home, washed and fed him, and the next day, we went to see the veterinarian.

“It’s a month-old street punk cat!” declared the cat-loving veterinarian. “He’s a male. Are you gonna keep him? He’s gonna be lots of fun.”

I wasn’t ready for it. I like cats, but I wasn’t sure it was I good time for me. I’m a freelance photographer, freshly graduated, live with two flatmates in Jerusalem and barely pay my bills. Adopting a cat wasn’t part of the plan. “Yeah, I guess… can’t put him back on the street and he’s too dirty to get adopted.”

Wasn’t sure about my decision until a couple of days later when he got cleaner. I noticed on his right side there a black spot shaped like a question mark. I like the idea and the meanings and the symbolism behind the question mark icon, even got a question mark tattoo on my right arm. What are the odds?


I don’t really believe in fate or destiny, but sometimes the universe just throws a cat at you and it’s up to you to decide what’s next. Best decision I’ve ever made.

Story submitted by Leon Louie Blankleyder from Jerusalem, Israel.

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