— -- Following the discovery of a "zombie cat" that stirred up social media a few weeks ago, a cat that initially appeared to be frozen in snow and ice on the side of a New York road now seems on the way back to health.
"I thought I saw a big ball of dirty snow, but then it moved so I went over to it," Robert James "R.J." Poulter, told ABC News today of his discovery Thursday afternoon in Old Chatham, New York.
"I brushed the snow off," he said, "and I was shocked to see that there was cat, and it was breathing.
"I literally peeled the cat off the road, covering its body with my jacket," Poulter added. "I brought it to my car to warm it up when it suddenly jumped over my shoulder and hopped into the backseat. He's pretty friendly. He didn't bite."
Poulter thinks the cat could have been scooped up by a snow plow and tossed to the roadside, where it may have been in shock, he said.
The cat, who Poulter said is a chubby kitty, has been staying at Little Brook Farm, an animal rescue facility where Poulter volunteers.
The cat seems healthy and is going to the vet today, farm owner Lynn Cross told ABC News.
"He's healthy, bright, alert and adorable," Cross said. "The only thing is he's not neutered. We're still looking for the owner.
"The farm has received dozens of calls asking for the cat," Cross added. "I encourage anyone who wants them to go adopt another cat for Valentine's Day. There are millions of cats who are just as cute and are desperate for a home."