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Florida man rescues stranded cat during Hurricane Ian

A Florida man became the darling of Hurricane Ian after he went viral in a video showing him rescuing a stranded cat surrounded by a rising flood.

Mike Ross, 29, is seen making his way to the frightened feline sitting atop an air-conditioning unit at the side of a house in Bonita Springs as the water comes gushing.

“My boyfriend saving a cat from flood waters near Bonita Beach,” Megan Cruz Scavo said in a tweet accompanying the heart-rending footage.

“Look at Michael saving the kitty. Awww,” Ross’ mom, Marybeth, is heard saying as she filmed the rescue.

Ross told the Washington Post that he noticed the “terrified” orange and white cat about 2 p.m. Wednesday after he sought shelter in his parents’ home while his house became submerged at the height of the storm.

Mike Ross, 29, saves stranded kitty
Mike Ross, 29, saves stranded cat cowering from rushing waters amid Hurricane Ian in Bonita Springs, Florida.
Mary Beth Ross via Storyful
Mike Ross, 29, saves stranded kitty
His mother captured heart-rending video, saying, “Look at Michael saving the kitty. Awww.”
Mary Beth Ross via Storyful

“The storm surge had rushed up quite a bit at that point,” he told the newspaper.

Mike Ross, 29, with saved cat
Ross went viral for saving the soggy kitty and gained the attention of women who gushed over his heroics.
Mary Beth Ross via Storyful

As of Thursday morning, the video of selfless cat saver has racked up more than 2.8 million views – as well as a flood of messages from love-struck women.

Mike Ross
Adoring fans on social media view him as quite a catch.
Mary Beth Ross via Storyful

“Absolute hero. Marry that man. Hope you all stay safe,” Twitter user Kelly Maddox gushed.

“I’m sorry, Megan, but he is everyone’s boyfriend now. I don’t make the rules,” added Lulu Mac.

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