Cat took a stray bullet and saved toddler: ‘He’s my son’s little hero’

One morning in 2015 a stray bullet went through a window in Angelica Sipe’s home in York, Pennsylvania.

“The first thing I did was check on my son and he was sound asleep. Then I saw my cat on the floor and that’s when I realized my cat was shot,” Sipe said.

The family ginger cat Opie was lying on the couch when the bullet struck him. According to Sipe, “It came in at the top of his head, came out the bottom of his neck, went back into his shoulder, and came out his armpit rib area.”

And it didn’t end there. She said the bullet rebound off a pillow and nearly struck her 3-year old son Daemire.

“If my cat was not laying where he was the bullet would of hit my son,” Sipe said. 

She believed that Opie saved her son by taking the bullet, and she knew that she had to save his life too. “I wanted to keep him. He was my son’s little hero, so I need to keep him around,” she said.

Opie received care at an urgent care center and had surgery. He gradually recovered, but lost some vision in his right eye, according to Sipe.

After the ordeal, Sipe established a account named “my little hero” and asked for $1,000 in donations to cover Opie’s medical expenses. People were moved by Opie’s story, and contributed nearly $4,000 to Sipe’s fund.

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