Paige Winter was solely 17 years previous when she misplaced a leg and a part of a hand to a shark. Regardless of all she’s gone by means of, this inspiration teen stays an advocate for sharks and, with the steerage of execs is taking courageous steps to beat her fears. She was lately featured in an episode of Nationwide Geographic’s ninth-annual SHARKFEST.
Paige can be an enormous cat lover. She lately adopted a kitten named Sushi, they usually’re inseparable. She credit Sushi with serving to her by means of the therapeutic course of.
I had the chance to speak with Paige about her expertise and her relationship with Sushi:
Catster: How did the shark assault occur?
Paige: I used to be on the unsuitable place on the unsuitable time on June 2, 2019. My household and I went for a typical seashore day to go swim, and I acquired bit on my left leg by a shark, which I ended up dropping later, however I don’t actually miss it a lot.
How have you ever adjusted?
I’m doing nice! I can stroll and do all types of issues alone. I simply acquired a job, my driver’s license, and I’m about to start out my second semester in faculty for cosmetology.
Do you could have any recommendation for different shark (or different animal) assault survivors?
Not particularly for animal assault survivors, however severely, don’t beat your self up for struggling. Restoration isn’t linear and it takes time to get higher
What was it like doing the present for Nat Geo?
It was so enjoyable! And, after the manufacturing, the crew even took me out for sushi, which can be the identify of my cat. However general, I felt it was actually necessary to get my story on the market and present those who although I went by means of a nasty expertise, we don’t should be afraid of sharks. Each time we get into the ocean, we’re coming into shark’s properties, so we simply must discover ways to higher co-exist.
How and why did you get Sushi?
I used to be driving round with my boyfriend, and my mother texted me an image of slightly black kitten that her buddy discovered and I begged her to let me go get him since I used to be already out. Finest day ever!
Do you take into account Sushi a remedy cat?
He’s undoubtedly my little emotional help cat. Each time he hears me crying or if he senses my vibe is off he involves snuggle with me. It’s clear to everybody who sees us that we’re one another’s folks.
How does she offer you consolation?
He’s so, so cute. He likes to snuggle and play along with his canines, and he’s a comparatively small cat so he appears to be like like a everlasting kitten. Even simply speaking about him brings me consolation. I like him very a lot.
Something you’d prefer to share about cats normally and why they’re such an necessary a part of our lives?
I’d prefer to say to those who say they like canines higher as a result of “cats are imply” that cats have completely different boundaries than canines, and it’s necessary to respect these boundaries! Hearken to their physique language and also you’ll be greatest mates without end, similar to me and my son, the Snitten!
Try the encore presentation of Paige’s episode on Nat Geo WILD tonight! You too can watch episodes on Disney+.
Paige’s full story will seem in Catster’s January/February 2022 situation!
Annie Butler Shirreffs has labored within the pet business for 20 years and is at the moment the senior editor of Catster and Dogster magazines. A cat lover since she was slightly woman, she has all the time had feline mates in her life. She and her husband share their Southern California house with their 4 cats and an ever-changing clowder of foster kittens, all of whom get pleasure from being testers for cool, new merchandise.