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A pair of stray kittens used their body heat to keep each other warm until they were rescued

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 11/02/2019, 09:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:52

The kittens were spotted by a local resident of Montreal, Canada, where winter temperatures can get as low as -11. The siblings were found huddling against each other on top of a rubbish bin. Nadia and Christine, two animals rescue workers, soon heard about the duo and immediately rushed out to find them.

The strays were then taken to a rescue centre. But both kittens were in very bad shape;  exposure to the harsh winter elements had lead to severe upper respiratory infections and breathing troubles. Despite the staffs best efforts, the small kitten passed away after a few days.

A cat named Luciole

The surviving kitten, named Luciole by the staff, also had to overcome a bad eye infection and the effects of malnutrition. Luckily, after a few weeks of rest and the right care, Luciole made a full recovery and is now developing into a  healthy adult cat

Talking to Lovemeow, a spokesperson from Chatons Orphelins Montréal, said “When she arrived, she was lost and scared, but if we stepped away, she would start meowing for us to come back...It took her some time to adapt to being around humans. Now, when we call her, she purrs up a storm.”

Luciole is becoming more active and playful every day, although she still enjoys cuddles with her temporary foster mother.

This is one cat that deserves a happy ending

Hopefully, it won't be too long before someone adopts Luciole, giving this natural born survivor everything she deserves after such a tough beginning.

Chatons Orphelins Montréal rescue centre is a foster support group for stray and rescue cats. All of its staff are volunteers from the local community. They help recuse the cats, nurse them back to health, and then do everything they can to find them a permanent home.


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