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Beloved Diego Reappears in Skeifan

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Cat lovers far and wide rejoiced yesterday when Diego, one of Iceland’s most famous cats, returned to his regular haunt in the Skeifan commercial district after a two-month absence. Diego was hit by a car last November and suffered serious injuries. He underwent surgery that same day, and fans and local businesses came together to cover the costs.

“Well, well, well, our guy (cat) is back to work, can you believe it?” posted a fan of Diego’s in a Facebook group dedicated to the furry feline, which boasts over 10,000 members. Diego has owners and a home, but spends most of his day in Skeifan, where he is often spotted lounging on a pile of printer paper in stationery store A4, following his nose into Domino’s Pizza, or welcoming visitors to Hagkaup grocery store. All three of the aforementioned businesses contributed to the fund for Diego’s medical costs following the accident, as did many of his fans and admirers.

Diego appears to be recovering well, though Facebook group member Gunný Eyborg Reynisdóttir wrote that staff members of A4 had to help him up to his usual spot on top of the pile of printer paper.

Diego Returns Home After Surgery

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Diego the cat, a minor celebrity in Iceland, has returned home after a successful surgery.

Diego was injured on November 25 in a car accident near Skeifan, the shopping centre he frequents. He is a common sight at both A4, a stationary supply story, and Domino’s.

Read more: Diego Injured in Car Accident

This was reported recently by Sigrún Ósk Snorradóttir, Diego’s owner, in a post on social media.

She stated that he’s doing very well after a successful surgery, and that all that remains is to let him relax as he recovers from the stressful incident.

Many have sent Diego their best wishes during his convalescence, including the A4 and Domino’s he frequents, which both donated funds to cover the cost of his procedure. His Facebook group has some 10,000 followers.

Diego, the ‘Most Famous Cat in Iceland,’ Injured in Car Accident

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Diego, the fluffy, much-loved grey-and-white longhair cat who spends his days lounging around various shops in the Skeifan strip mall in Reykjavík, was hit by car on Friday  and suffered serious injuries, Vísir reports. The unfortunate kitty was taken to a veterinary hospital and underwent surgery that same day.

Diego has a home and owners, but on most days can be found lolling about atop the printer paper in the stationary store A4, padding through the Hagkaup department store, or even dropping in for a slice at Domino’s. In a country of dedicated cat lovers, Diego has been said to be Iceland’s most famous cat. Fans are known to make special trips to Skeifan just to try and spot Diego and a Facebook group in his honor has over 9,500 members.

According to a post on the group on Friday, Diego suffered torn muscles and ligaments in the accident, as well as a bag wound on one leg. He underwent surgery and was to be kept in the animal hospital overnight. Shortly after news of his accident went public, A4 started collecting donations to help pay for Diego’s medical bills. A total of ISK 400,000 [$2,838; €2,725] was collected for Diego’s owners, with A4 and Domino’s both donating ISK 100,000 each [$709; €681].

This article was updated.