Cat saves abandoned baby from freezing in Russia
The cat, named Masha, found the baby in a box but decided to climb into the container to keep the infant warm
A stray cat was declared a hero after saving an abandoned baby boy not older than 12 weeks from freezing in the Russian town of Obninsk, local media reported Friday.
The cat, named Masha, found the baby in a box but decided to climb into the container to keep the infant warm and started meowing loudly to signal someone for help.
Luckily, local Irina Lavrova told Central European News (CEN) that she went to take out the trash when she heard Masha – well-known in the neighborhood - meowing loudly nearby.
“She is very placid and friendly, so when I heard her meowing, I thought that perhaps she had injured herself,” she said of Masha.
Lavrova added: “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. Clearly her mothering instincts had taken over and she wanted to protect the child.”
Russia Today reported that even after the police and medics arrived to take care of the abandoned baby, Masha kept close to the toddler and did not want to let go of him.
The cat also tried to jump into the ambulance to follow the infant.
While police are trying to find the baby’s parents, doctors say the baby is healthy.