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Watch: Cat becomes a wet-nurse to 8 orphaned hedgehogs

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You might think you've seen everything, well think again! Black cat Musya, who lives in Vladivostok Zoo, became the mother of 8 rather prickly kittens…

By Justine Seraphin , 25 Mar 2020

That's right, Musya is none other than a foster mum for baby hedgehogs!

Tragic death

The hoglets' mother unfortunately passed away in a lawn mower incident. The babies were left orphaned and helpless, but the local zoo offered to take them into their nursery.

Unfortunately, the babies refused to be bottle fed. It was too strange for them. So the zoo keepers had to come up with a better solution.

A replacement mum

Musya's own kittens had just been weaned, but she still had milk left to give. Though no-one knew whether it would work, it seemed like Musya was their best hope!

And the result was incredible: the hoglets went straight to Musya’s teats for milk. Musya took to the babies as if they were her own, letting them drink from her teat without any problem, and letting them groom her and climb all over her with the patience of a saint!

Thanks to her incredible devotion, the little hoglets survived and grew up to be healthy and strong! Well done Musya!