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.
Information from: New York Daily News