Stray Cat Hailed for Saving Newborn Baby Abandoned in Freezing Hallway

A stray cat in Russia saved the life of an abandoned baby by keeping him warm for several hours.

A homeless cat save live of an abandoned newborn child which could have freezed to death. The cat, named Masha, lives in a cardboard box in a block of flats in the town of Obninsk in the Kaluga region of Russia.

A baby, believed to be about 12-weeks old, was found abandoned in the box in the apartment block hallway when the temperature outside was several degrees centigrade below freezing.

One of the local residents discovered the newborn on the floor along with the cat, who had “warmed the baby for several hours with her body” as well as meowing to call for help.

“When I went down, I saw it was the baby crying,” she said. “The residents are certain, if the cat hadn’t taken care of it, the baby wouldn’t have had a chance,” a Russian news agency reported.

The woman who discovered the baby, Nadezhda Makhovikova, who happens to be a nurse, also found a bag full of food and nappies.

When paramedics arrived to take the baby to hospital, Masha was said to have chased the ambulance down the street.

Vera Ivanina, a paramedic, said: “She was so worried about where we were taking the baby. She ran right behind us, miaowing. She was really a rational creature.”

The baby was found to be perfectly healthy and police have now launched a search for his parents.

Last year a heroic and fearless can defended her little owner, as the four-year-old boy was attacked by a dog when playing near his in Bakersfield, California.

Four-year-old Jeremy was peacefully riding his bicycle outside his family’s home in Bakersfield, California on Tuesday, when suddenly a dog attacked him. If not for Tara the cat, everything could end in a terrible way.

However, the family’s fluffy pet was nearby and rushed to protect the boy, who was ripped off his bike by the dog and bitten multiple times on the ground. The feline chased away the dog, which was significantly larger, and returned to check on injured boy.

“I love Tara a whole lot,” said 4-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo of his beloved pet to KERO Bakersfield in an interview today. “She’s a hero!”

The little boy’s mother, Erica Triantafilo, was outside with her son at the time and managed to lift him to safety. Jeremy was taken to a local hospital where he received ten stitches. Mrs. Triantafilo later said she had “never seen anything like that.”

“It’s honestly just a blur,” Erica Triantafilo said Thursday on TODAY, describing the attack she witnessed on her son, Jeremy. “I just remember hearing him and the next thing I know, I see my cat flying out of nowhere, onto this dog, and just remember trying to get my son and get the dog away and back in its yard, away from both of us that it was trying to attack.”

The boy’s father, Roger Triantafilo, said: “I’ve never seen a cat do that. Especially ours. It just shows how much she really has a family-oriented mind set.”

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