Deon Cole doesn't think he'd be alive if it wasn't for his cousin's cat who he says saved him from a house fire.
We got Deon at LAX Sunday and asked him about the viral video of a baby elephant rescuing a man in a river, when he recalled his own brush with death -- which he narrowly avoided thanks to a feline.
If you haven't seen the elephant video, check it out below ... it's pretty incredible. Deon's story is pretty incredible too. Animals rule.