By Kelli Bender / People
January 27, 2015

Bart the cat found out the hard way that there can be a little bit of lag time between your nine lives.

Several days ago, the black and white feline was hit by a car and pronounced dead shortly after. But he didn’t stay deceased for long, reports Fox13. Five days after burying Bart, the cat’s owner found him pawing around a neighbor’s yard.

The kitty was reunited with his family looking a little worse for wear, but very much alive, a discovery that Bart’s friends are still trying to understand.

“This doesn’t happen. Cats don’t come back to life, not five days after they’ve been put in the ground,” said Dusty Albritton, the neighbor who found Bart post-resurrection.

Doctors are baffled by the cat’s reappearance as well. Their best guess is that Bart was unconscious after being hit by the car, not dead, and miraculously dug his way out of the ground after being buried.

Bart is now at the vet receiving treatment for head trauma, a broken jaw and vision loss. While he has some serious injuries, doctors expect the kitty to make a full recovery.

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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