Vernon (WSYR-TV/WUTR-TV) – The veterinary staff at a clinic in Waterville say a cat named Norman has made a "miraculous" recovery after being shot though the stomach with an arrow in Vernon.
"He's kind of a special guy," said Elaine Forte, a veterinarian technician at the Waterville Veterinary Clinic.
Just a few weeks ago, Norman was found in a field in Vernon with an arrow through his body. He was rushed to the Waterville Veterinary Clinic.
"I thought his prognosis was pretty dismal. We quickly saw that he had an arrow, it was about a 27 inch arrow that penetrated through his abdomen," said James Gilchrist, managing veterinarian.
Norman was treated for shock and prepped for surgery where they found the arrow had punctured his liver and spleen, putting four holes in his stomach.
A few days later, he still hadn't recovered.
"He started to develop a fever again and had some complications so we had to take him in a second time," said Gilchrist.
Now, he's made a comeback.
“And now he's gaining weight, he's eating and drinking well, there's been no vomiting," Gilchrist said.
And after making a full recovery at the clinic, Norman will be heading to his new home tomorrow – the home of none-other-than his very own vet technician, Elaine Forte, who's been with him every step of his recovery.
"I've always said, you don't choose them usually, the two of us have kind of fallen in love with each other,” Forte said.
Norman's about to begin his new life, but Forte is left wondering who nearly ended it.
"I can't fathom how somebody could do that to this poor guy, what goes through your mind? Well look at him," she said.
Police say the investigation into who did this to Norman is ongoing. By the way, before being named "Norman" by his new owner, he was affectionately called "Arrow" and “Robin Hood" around the clinic.