This incredible meeting between man and beast took place in Russia. A farmer was going about his day as normal when he suddenly noticed movement in a pile of hay.
By, 28 May 2019
Since this was unusual, the farmer approached the moving pile to take a closer look. He was surprised to find himself face to face with 4 adorable, tiny kittens!
Baby, it’s cold outside
The kittens were alone and couldn’t be left to fend for themselves in the cold. The kind-hearted farmer decided to take them home with him. Once he’d brought the little felines inside, he used blankets to make them a warm, cosy bed, and heated a bowl of milk for them to drink. The kittens were already starting to feel better thanks to this special attention.
Can’t quite put my finger on it…
The farmer couldn’t help but notice there was something strange about these kittens. They didn’t exactly look like your typical cats. He therefore decided to call a specialised cat rescue to help him out with the bunch.
Once the rescue group arrived at the scene, they immediately realised these kittens were not actually kittens. They were much too big! They revealed the little felines were actually Pallas’s cats (also called manuls). These are small wild cats of Central Asia – definitely not domestic kitties.
The animal rescue group explained to the farmer that keeping the ‘cats’ was impossible, as they were wild animals that required very specific care. Though the farmer had the best intentions, he let the wild kitties go with the rescue centre, to be rehabilitated and hopefully released back into the wild someday.
But thanks to his kindness, the kittens were rescued and now have the best chances of survival!