Black cats are surrounded by superstitions and folklore. Historically across Europe black cats were associated with demons or witchcraft, and even today in some cultures the presence of a black cat is considered incredibly unlucky. In Britain however, black cats are generally regarded as a lucky omen and a sign that brighter times are ahead.
Thankfully the latter is true of Salem, a black cat who lives at the holding base where Lucy was kept following her rescue. Salem is a rescue himself, he was taken in by the farm with another black cat when rescue organisations struggled to find a suitable home for them.
From the day Lucy arrived at the holding base, Salem was often found sleeping in her stable or accompanying her outside when she was turned out for much needed grass. He was never too far away. Even when Lucy was well enough to be stabled near the other donkeys, Salem would still navigate his way past the others and nestle down in Lucy's stable for a quick nap.
Whether you believe in lucky omens or not, something attracted this black cat to befriend Lucy at a time when she needed all the luck she could get. Thank you Salem!