Coming across a stray animal in New South Wales, Australia is an all-too-frequent event. But for a small band of volunteer rescuers to be led to some abandoned kittens by their mother was a first.
By Published on 11 Feb 2019
Last week a member of the public contacted animal shelter CatRescue 901 to inform staff of four poorly cats at the side of a busy road.
Founder of CatRescue 901 Jenny Storaker was quick to despatch her top rescuers to the scene: volunteers Natalie, Jo and Rocio.
When the team arrived they found the queen cat easily enough, but according to the informant the mother had been protecting three kittens. Understandably concerned for the safety of the kittens Natalie, Jo and Rocio began to scour the area.
After a few minutes of fruitless searching the worst was feared. But Natalie then noticed the queen cat, herself just skin and bones, lead the team deeper the bush to where three kittens sat in a small clearing.
The kittens were taken to CatRescue 901’s headquarters just outside Sydney where a vet discovered that all of the kittens suffered with eyelid agenesis: a congenital abnormality of the eyelid causing the upper lateral eyelid not to grow.
The cat and her litter were treated for their ailments and Jenny asked Facebook followers to provide them with names. In the end, the mother was named Mama Elodie and her kittens Polara, Hirschy and Ignacio.
‘The day they came to us, it was colder and wet,’ Jenny later told Love Meow. ‘They were all starved and mom was very emaciated. The babies would have likely gone blind eventually with no treatment.’
With no foster parents available at the time, one of the cats’ rescuers Natalie volunteered to look after them herself.
‘They landed in the right place,’ Jenny said. ‘We specialize in eyes issues and great care, and this family needs that big time. Not many could cope with eye agenesis surgery because it's too expensive.’
Natalie is now working tirelessly to nurse the kittens and their mum back to health.