The natural world is filled with examples that show that motherly instincts are universal and exist in every single specie. The next story, like many others, shows precisely that.
It all started when firefighters were called to a burning garage in Brooklyn. When they’ve arrived, they saw the fearless mother cat carrying a kitten in her mouth out of the burning building. The firefighters were stunned when they saw the feline, drop the kitten outside, and rush back into the flames to save her other babies. After successfully rescuing all of her offsprings, the mother-cat touched each of their noses, to check they were all still alive and well. The cat, who’s called Scarlette, collapsed from exhaustion only after assuring that all her babies were well.
David Giannelli, one of the firefighters that witnessed the event, later updated the world on the felines condition and posted on his Imgur account:
“Scarlett herself had been severely burned in the process of pulling her kittens from the fire. Her eyes were blistered shut, her ears and paws burned, and her coat highly singed. The majority of her facial hair had been burnt away. After saving the kittens she was seen to touch each of her kittens with her nose to ensure they were all there and alive, as the blisters on her eyes kept her from being able to see them, and then she collapsed unconscious.”
The firefighters managed to put out the fire, and get Scarlett and her furbabies to safety. Sadly, one of her kittens didn’t survive the event and later passed away. The rest, gladly, found loving forever homes.
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Scarlett’s story soon went viral and inspired millions of people worldwide. Her mishap became more recognized after it became the subject of two books, “Scarlett Saves her Family” and “The Bravest Cat”.She even had an award named after her by The North Shore Animal League, who treated her and her kittens after the fire. The award is given to animals who perform acts of heroism.
Following the event, Scarlett was adopted by a loving Brooklyn family, who gave her a warm home for 12 years, until she passed in 2008.
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