If you've ever been around animals, you know they have a unique instinct and ability to perceive when something isn't right. There are countless examples of this, but the story of a homeless cat named Masha in Russia might just be one of the most amazing yet.
All her life, Masha had lived on the cold streets of Obinisk, a city in Russia.
via: YouTubeBut don't feel too bad for her, because thankfully there are many good-hearted people living in Masha’s neighborhood. As you can see by her considerable size, she's given food, and several residents also let Masha into their homes when it gets too cold in the evenings.
One of those residents is sixty-eight-year-old Irna Lavora, who rents a house in the area.
via: YouTubeIrna was throwing out her garbage one day when she heard a strange noise that appeared to be coming from the basement. The more she listened, the more she realized that it was the sound of a cat mewing.
Instantly concerned that Masha might be hurt, Irna hurried down the stairs.
via: YouTubeBut what she discovered down in the chilly, damp cellar space shocked her.
There lay an abandoned boy in a cardboard box on the floor, and just next to him was Masha.
via: YouTubeAuthorities later determined that the tiny boy, estimated to be no more than twelve-weeks-old, had been lying alone in the box for several hours. But thanks to Masha laying closely next to him, the baby stayed warm.
In other words, without Masha’s precious company — and body heat — the baby boy might not have made it.
via: YouTubeThe boy was rushed to hospital, but Masha’s motherly instincts didn’t let out when the ambulance arrived to take the boy to safety. According to the paramedics, the cat chased the ambulance after they had taken off.
Witnesses added that the cat continued to wait for hours in that same spot hoping for the ambulance to return.
via: YouTube“Masha is very calm and friendly, so when I heard her mewling, I at first thought she might have hurt herself. But clearly, it was just her maternal instincts taking over and she wanted to protect the child," said Irna. The little boy is said to have recovered well, and the police have launched a search for his parents.