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Hero foster mother cat feeds eight orphan hedgehogs, saving their lives

By The Siberian Times reporter
20 July 2017

Muska braves sharp quills to raise the babies after their mother died when locals cut grass in Vladivostok.

Hero foster mother cat feeds eight orphan hedgehogs. Picture: Vladivostok Zoo

The loving cat ignored the risk from their sharp quills and took care of the tiny hedgehogs after attempts failed to feed them from a syringe, a bottle or a saucer.

They had refused to swallow milk for two days, said Sadgorod Zoo director Alyona Asnovina.

Muska the 'kind and tender' cat recently adopted some orphan kittens after nurturing her own offspring.

She seemed unfazed at the sight of the eight hedgehogs which had refused food for two days after losing their mother. 

cat adopts hedgehogs

cat adopts hedgehogs

cat adopts hedgehogs

cat adopts hedgehogs
All orphan hedgehogs survived thanks to a caring cat. Pictures: Vladivostok Zoo

Muska took care of the babies at night, and they eagerly fed on her milk.

All survived, and are now able to feed themselves, although she continues to care for them.

There has been an 'invasion' of hedgehogs in the Russian Far East this year, said the zoo director. 

Comments (3)

Remarkable and Life Affirming Story.
I love Cats and Hedgehogs.
Maria King Schiro, Kilkenny, Ireland
23/07/2017 07:12
Nature will never cease to amaze, inspire and humble me. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story and please be careful when cutting grass everyone. I intend that to apply to everyone here in the US as well certainly.
Pamela Tetarenko, League City, USA
22/07/2017 08:13
Nice story
Todd, Austrailia
21/07/2017 22:22

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