KEIZER, Ore. --It's been quite the journey for Mazy May. The cat just found her way back home after being lost in the wilderness for 16 months.

The park ranger who found the cat said it's amazing she wasn't eaten by a bobcat or a bear and that she survived an entire winter.

It was a holiday Cissy Myers said she will always remember.

It was just the best Thanksgiving, said Myers.

But this story really started July of 2012. Cissy, her husband Ken and their pets went camping at Silver Creek Falls near Silverton.

At the time, the Myers family said they always took their two cats and their dog camping.

They travel with their pets in the family's tent-trailer because if they don't, they said, the animals get separation anxiety and stop eating.

But on one of those nights, the trailer wasn't completely secured.

It was not zipped tight and that was the only way she could have gotten out, said Myers.

When it was time to pack up and go home, Mazy May was nowhere to be found.

Myers posted fliers with the cat's picture and spent a month looking with no luck.But a week and a half ago, Silver Creek Falls Park Ranger Martha Duckworth noticed a cat she'd never seen before and caught it.

I pulled out the old log that we have and found Cissy's name and called her. Sure enough, it was her cat, said Duckworth.

When they called, I was just shaking. I called my husband and said, 'This can't be!' said Myers.

I just went 'Ahhh!' and I don't know how long I did that! Myers said. I mean, 16 months! The whole drive up there was, 'Lord, is this possible? Sixteen months later?'

I was so happy for her, said Duckworth, I'd just had my cat put down about a week before.

Duckworth said Mazy May must have lived off of mice and bugs for nearly a year and a half.

It's still so surreal that I'm actually touching her after all hope of finding her was gone, said Myers.

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