Monday, 10 October 2011

Injured cat 'does a Lassie' to lead RSPCA to her newborn kittens

A cunning cat who was thrown out of a moving car led her RSPCA rescuer to her newborn kittens to save their lives, in a scene evoking memories of the TV adventures of Lassie the dog.

The pregnant cat, named Jolie by vets, was seen being cruelly dumped in the town of March, Cambridgeshire.

When the RSPCA found her, she was taken in to be treated for her injuries but had to be returned to the scene because it was clear she'd just had kittens, who had no chance of survival if left to fend
for themselves.

After being left back where she was found, the clever cat meowed loudly until the RSPCA officer began to follow her across a field.

'When she started to get really vocal at first I thought she was calling to the kittens, but then it became clear that she was actually calling to me,' Inspector Knight told Ely Weekly News.

'I began to follow her and she took me through the rear garden, across a ploughed field and into a farm yard. All the time she was calling me and waiting for me to follow.

'She then took me into an old farm machinery barn and led me to behind a stack of old wood and there were her four kittens.'

Inspector Knight said there was no way he would have found the kittens, who still had their eyes closed, by himself because they were so far away from where their mother was found.

The tiny kittens, who were badly dehydrated, are now at the RSPCA Block Fen Animal Centre, where they will stay until they are all fit and healthy and ready to be rehomed.

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