Neighbors in an apartment building in the Russian city of Obninsk were amazed to find an abandoned baby in a cardboard box in the hallway. They were even more amazed to find the cat who lives in the box curled up next to the baby to keep the infant warm in freezing temperatures.
The long-haired cat named Masha has been living in the apartment block for 3 years and is fed and cared for by its residents. When one of the neighbors heard Masha meowing loudly, she went to see what was the matter and made the startling discovery.
She told the Ruptly news agency that she found the cat curled up next to the baby and that the baby boy was very warm despite the freezing temperatures.
The woman is a nurse and said that the cat was reluctant to leave the baby when an ambulance worker came to take the baby away. The cat meowed and followed after the baby and even tried to jump into the ambulance the woman said. Masha sat for hours by the road waiting for the baby to be brought back the news agency reported. The cat might be expecting babies, which would explain its strong maternal instincts.
The nurse noted that the baby was dressed well and had baby food and diapers in a bag next to him. He’s healthy and is between 6 to 12 weeks old. Police are trying to identify the baby and locate his parents. As for the cat, she’s getting extra attention and treated like the hero she is!
Note: the news video below is in Russian.