Hero cat saves abandoned baby’s life by keeping him warm then mewing for help
A baby boy not older than 12 weeks has been found in a box on a staircase in an apartment block in the Russian town of Obninsk. The box was meant for a cat, who – after having found a new soul in misery, warmed up the baby and was worried to let him go.
It’s usually loyal dogs, or bush kangaroos, who save people’s lives by calling for help in their hour of need – but a Russian cat has shown that her kind can do just as well.
Masha, a long-haired tabby, found an abandoned baby on the street in below-zero conditions in western Russia. Thinking quickly, the resourceful moggy climbed into his box to warm him up, then called for help.
Local resident Irina Lavrova, 68, had gone to throw out some rubbish when she heard Masha the moggy mewing loudly near the apartment block bins in the city of Obninsk. Going over to see if the cat was in difficulty, the stunned pensioner could not believe her eyes when she saw the baby boy lying amongst the trash in a box with Masha next to him.
The furry feline has been living in the apartment block for three years, fed and petted by its residents. The day when she found an unexpected guest in her box was a freezing one, but the baby was very warm, according to the woman, who first discovered the abandoned boy.
“She has been keeping the baby warm for several hours and meowing to call for help,” she told Ruptly video agency.
“The baby had only been outside for a few hours and thanks to Masha … he was not damaged by the experience,” a hospital spokesman told Central European News.
The whiskered hero even meowed to get the attention of a passerby.
“She is very placid and friendly, so when I heard her meowing, I thought that perhaps she had injured herself,” said Obninsk city resident Irina Lavrova. “Normally she would have come and said hello to me. You can imagine my shock when I saw her lying in a box next to a baby.”
Masha is a communal cat who is looked after by local residents. When she found the baby — who appeared to be in great shape — she immediately took to him as if he were her own, according to CEN. “Clearly her mothering instincts had taken over and she wanted to protect the child,” Lavrova explained. “He was well-dressed with a little hat, and whoever left him here had even left a few nappies and some baby food.”
The baby was immediately rushed to a local hospital, where he was given a checkup and declared fit and healthy, officials said. Since the child was found, Masha has been hailed as a hero by local residents — and she’s been reaping the benefits. “Everyone in the block is very proud of her,” Lavrova said. “We have all spoiled her rotten by giving her her favorite food.”