Wild Cat Gang Keeps Lost Boy Alive

Huddled together to keep him warm, brought him food

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 20, 2008 1:52 PM CST

(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.

A young boy was found being protected by cats on the street.
A young boy was found being protected by cats on the street.   (Shutterstock)
A young boy was found being protected by cats on the street.
A young boy was found being protected by cats on the street.   (Shutterstock)
A young boy was found being protected by cats on the street.
A young boy was found being protected by cats on the street.   (Shutterstock)
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They would have viewed the baby like a big hot water bottle. Cats will cuddle up to anything to keep warm, even dogs. - A spokesman for Thames Valley Animal Welfare

The cats knew he was fragile and needed protecting. - Alicia Lorena, the Argentine police woman who found the boy

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