Wild Cat Gang Keeps Lost Boy Alive
Huddled together to keep him warm, brought him food
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 20, 2008 1:52 PM CST
A young boy was found being protected by cats on the street.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Police in Argentina recently found a 1-year-old homeless boy being cared for by wild cats, the Daily Telegraph reports. A policewoman on patrol noticed an unusually large cat gathering which, on closer inspection, was surrounding the boy. Doctors believe the eight cats snuggled up to keep the child warm on cold nights that would have otherwise been fatal.

“The boy was lying at the bottom of a gutter,” the officer said. “There were all these cats on top of him licking him because he was really dirty. When I walked over they became really protective and spat at me.” The cats also apparently foraged for the boy's food. Police later found his homeless father, who said cats have always been protective of his son.

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Sep 11, 2012 3:35 PM CDT
I've got eight of the lovely little buggers, all different sizes and with differing temperaments, but what they all share in common is love for my 4 year old whom they would never dream of hurting. It is amazing indeed. And you can call me.............A lover of pussy
Sep 9, 2012 9:31 PM CDT
I know what Wild cats can do belive me .. I live in the Highlands of Scotland and one day whilst out in the garden with my son i was shocked to see a huge wildcat appear right in front of my son, he froze and just stared at this thing it walked back and forth hissing like crazy at me but not him , until it jumped over a fence and moved away it was not until after i seen why this thing never attacked my son as 3 feet away from were my son was is and old wash house and in there was a cub .. it prob relized that he was only a baby too and was just protective as i know these cats and believe me if it wanted to it would have ripped him to shreds
Sep 9, 2012 8:26 PM CDT
What a great story. It kind of reminds me of "The Jungle Book" Cats are really amazing creatures. While I'm glad they found the boy, I'm concern about what happened to the Cats. I mean, the Cats kept the toddler warm on cold nights, they cleaned him, protected him and fed him. I really hope someone stepped in and cared for the Cats like they cared for the toddler. I hope all 8 of them can find good homes.