A street cat is being hailed a hero after it helped rescue a dumpster baby who had been abandoned in the freezing cold, reports The Mirror.
The three-month-old baby was found in the trash in Obinks, Russia, where the long-haired tabby had been taking care of him by providing warmth. The communal cat, who has been given the name Masha by the residents in the area, also raised alarm by making noise to bring people’s awareness to the child.
Irina Lavroya, a 68-year-old woman who lives near the area happened to be throwing out her trash when she heard the cat.
“Masha is a communal cat who everyone takes turns in looking after,” she explained. “She is very placid and friendly so when I heard her mewing I thought that perhaps she had injured herself because normally she would have come and said hello to me.”
So she went and checked on her and saw what she described as a well-dressed baby with a little hat, along with a few diapers and baby food nearby.
“You can imagine my shock when I saw her lying in a box next to a baby” she told reporters. “Clearly her mothering instincts had taken over and she wanted to protect the child.”
Luckily the baby was taken to a hospital to get checked and found to be healthy.
“The baby had only been outside for a few hours and thanks to Masha and the child’s clothing he was not damaged by the experience” a hospital spokesperson said.
As for the hero cat, Irina said “Everyone in the block is very proud of her and we have all spoilt her rotten by giving her her favorite food.”
We think it’s very well deserved.
Officials are looking into the case and are searching for the baby’s caretaker.