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, this inspiration teen stays an advocate for sharks and, with the steering of pros is taking courageous steps to beat her fears. She was just lately featured in a particular of Nationwide Geographic’s ninth-annual SHARKFEST.
Paige can be an enormous cat lover. She just lately adopted a kitten named Sushi, they usually’re inseparable. She credit Sushi with serving to her by the therapeutic course of.
I had the chance to talk with Paige about her expertise and her relationship with Sushi:
Catster: How did the shark assault occur?
Paige: I used to be on the flawed place on the flawed time on June 2, 2019. My household and I went for a typical seashore day to go swim, and I received bit on my left leg by a shark, which I ended up shedding 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 kinds of issues by myself. I simply received a job, my driver’s license, and I’m about to start out my second semester in school for cosmetology.
Do you’ve got any recommendation for different shark (or different animal) assault survivors?
Not particularly for animal assault survivors, however significantly, 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 workforce even took me out for sushi, which can be the title of my cat. However total, I felt it was actually necessary to get my story on the market and present people who regardless that I went by a foul expertise, we don’t should be afraid of sharks. Each time we get into the ocean, we’re getting into shark’s properties, so we simply must learn 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 a bit black kitten that her buddy discovered and I begged her to let me go get him since I used to be already out. Greatest day ever!
Do you take into account Sushi a remedy cat?
He’s positively my little emotional assist 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 individuals.
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 seems to be 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 people who say they like canines higher as a result of “cats are imply” that cats have totally different boundaries than canines, and it’s necessary to respect these boundaries! Hearken to their physique language and also you’ll be finest associates perpetually, identical to me and my son, the Snitten!
Take a look at 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 difficulty!
Annie Butler Shirreffs has labored within the pet business for 20 years and is presently the senior editor of Catster and Dogster magazines. A cat lover since she was a bit lady, she has at all times had feline associates in her life. She and her husband share their Southern California residence with their 4 cats and an ever-changing clowder of foster kittens, all of whom get pleasure from being testers for cool, new merchandise.