This Russian farmer was in awe when he discovered four kittens on his property. He soon realized, however, that these were no ordinary house cats. He was startled when he found out what species these actually were.
The man was in the middle of a walk around his property when he heard a strange sound coming from inside his barn. He walked in to take a closer look, and discovered four kittens huddled together. It is likely that their mother put them there, trying to keep them sheltered as well as she could.
According to Facts Box, “Cats are known for producing many litters in the shortest time period. But that does not mean that the mother cat finds a safe place to birth her kittens. That is what leads to people discovering kittens under stairwells, barns, boxes, and in other warm, cozy places where they will be safe from intrusions and onslaughts of harsh weather.”
These kittens were adorable, but there was something off about them. They had unique patterns of speckles on their fur. The farmer wanted to help the kittens, so he called the Daursky Nature Reserve. This organization, which was located close to the man’s farm, identified the felines as Pallas’ cats, also known as Manuls.
The strangest part was that these cats are native to Central Asia. Their mother was a long way away from home when she gave birth to her kittens.
Officials from the nature reserve took in the kittens. They paired them with two domestic cats, who nurtured the newborns as their own. The cats also needed intensive care. They suffered from toxoplasmosis, a disease that can be spread through garden soil and raw meat. Two of the cats survived the disease, and they wanted to get back home.
It was difficult to work with the cats. As wild animals at heart, they felt instinctually threatened by humans. If anyone aside from their caretakers approached them, they would face the kittens’ wrath. Soon, however, the felines were on their way to good health.
When the reserve officials first tried to release the kittens back into the wild, they did not do well. Since it was the middle of winter, there was not much food available. The workers brought the cats back to the reserve and released them again in the spring.
This time the cats were thriving. They were finally back in their home environment, and they were ready to lead normal lives.
The farmer’s act of kindness was the difference between life or death for these kittens. A little kindness goes a long way.
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Source: Facts Box