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This Syrian Family Brought Their Kitten All The Way To Greece On A Boat

Welcome to Greece, Zaytouna the cat!

Last updated on September 11, 2015, at 12:43 p.m. ET

Posted on September 11, 2015, at 11:42 a.m. ET

Everyone, meet Zaytouna the cat, who joined the thousands of Syrians fleeing their war-torn country to make the perilous crossing across the Mediterranean to reach Europe.

This Syrian dude brought his cat "Zaytouna" all the way from #Syria to #Greece #Lesbo Pic by: Tamara VdP on FB

This Syrian refugee, who arrived in Lesbos, Greece, told volunteers that he brought the kitty all the way across the sea in a life raft.

"Zaytouna" means "Olive" in Arabic, a symbol of peace and, incidentally — or not? — a food Greece is well known for.

Petros Giannakouris / AP

Greece has so far seen 250,000 refugees arrive on its shores this year, according to the International Organization for Migration.

Boat just landed in #Lesvos. Smiles, tears and an incredible sense of relief. #refugeesGr #EuropeSaysWelcome

As the picture drew attention on social media, cat lovers (and pretty much anyone with a soul) showered Zaytouna and her owner with praise.

Welcome to the land of olives, Zaytouna! Glad you and your family are safe.

This Syrian family brought their beloved cat to Greece ♡ @Refugees_Gr #Lesvos #EuropeSaysWelcome

BuzzFeed News has reached out to the photographer who captured the moment.

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