A hero cat saves baby from freezing to death, the long-haired feline, affectionately named Masha by the block’s residents, discovered the baby boy inside a cardboard box in apartment block in the Russian city of Obninsk after hearing his cries in the cold.
Local resident Irina Lavrova, 68, had gone to throw out some rubbish when she heard Masha the moggy mewing loudly near the apartment block bins in the city of Obninsk.
Going over to see if the cat was in difficulty, the stunned pensioner could not believe her eyes when she saw the baby boy lying amongst the trash in a box with Masha next to him.
She said: ‘Masha is a communal cat who everyone takes turns in looking after.
‘You can imagine my shock when I saw her lying in a box next to a baby.
‘Clearly her mothering instincts had taken over and she wanted to protect the child.
‘He was well-dressed with a little hat and whoever left him here had even left a few nappies and some baby food.’
The three-month-old toddler was taken to hospital where he was given a check up and declared fit and healthy.
A hospital spokesman said: ‘The baby had only been outside for a few hours and, thanks to Masha and the child’s clothing, he was not damaged by the experience.’
Now local residents have hailed Masha as a proper hero.
Irina said: ‘Everyone in the block is very proud of her and we have all spoilt her rotten by giving her her favourite food.’
A police spokesman said they were looking into the case and would try and find the baby’s mother.