3-Month-Old Survives Sub-Zero Temperatures Thanks To This Unlikely Hero

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Masha is a long-haired tabby, a communal cat in the city of Obninsk in western Russia who is taken care of by the occupants of an apartment block. She  found an abandoned baby on the street in below-zero conditions, and her maternal instincts kicked in.

Thinking on its paws, the moggy climbed into the baby’s 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 mewing loudly near the apartment block bins. Approaching to see if the cat was hurt or injured the stunned pensioner could not believe her eyes when she found a baby boy lying amongst the trash with Masha next to him.

She explained:  “Masha is a communal cat who everyone takes turns in looking after.

‘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.’ and then went on to say that the baby was ‘well-dressed with a little hat and whoever left him here had even left a few nappies and some baby food.’

Larova said the cat is now a local hero.

‘Everyone in the block is very proud of her, and we have all spoilt her rotten by giving her her favourite food,’ she said.

Police are now searching for the boy’s mother. We don’t know about you, but we’re definitely going to expect more from our cats from now on…

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