NEW YORK (AP) — Big Sexy the cat went on a five-week romp around New York City, bolting from a photo shoot for a bare-chested firefighter charity calendar.
The big black feline was finally found Friday on Staten Island after disappearing from a lower Manhattan firehouse.
The lost pet showed up in the backyard of a woman whose firefighter husband was a 9/11 first responder who died of cancer last year.
The firefighters called the cat Big Sexy, but its real name is Buddy. Staten Island resident Michele Froehlich-Perosi snapped a photo and posted it on Facebook. And the owner, Leslie Silbert, recognized her cat.
The code on the cat’s embedded chip confirmed this was, indeed, Big Sexy, aka Buddy.