Street Cats Fed A One Year Old Baby And Kept Him Alive
A one-year-old boy was discovered by police in Misiones, in Argentina, surrounded by eight street cats.
And doctors say, “that without their help that he would have quickly died”.
Policewoman Alicia Lorena Lindgvist discovered the child by a canal in the Christ King district of the city.
"I was walking and noticed a gang of cats sitting very close together. It is unusual to see so many like that so I went for a closer look and that’s where I saw him. The boy was lying at the bottom of a gutter. There were all these cats on top of him licking him because he was really dirty".
"When I walked over they became really protective and spat at me. They were keeping the boy warm while he slept".
The Cats Fed Him Too!
The officer, who noticed scraps of food near the boy, added:
"The cats knew he was fragile and needed protecting".
The Boy’s Father Is Homeless Too
Police found the boy’s father who is homeless, and he said that he had lost the boy several days ago while out collecting cardboard to sell.
He told officers that,
An Expert’s Comments
A spokesman for Thames Valley Animal Welfare in the UK, which deals with feral cats and strays commented".
"They would have viewed the baby like a big hot water bottle. Cats will cuddle up to anything to keep warm, even dogs".
"In our experience of cat colonies when a mother has a litter, all the other cats will go and fetch food".
"The baby could have been feeding off the scraps they brought".
"Cats in Argentina stay in large packs to survive!".