Everybody has heard the saying, “Blood is thicker than water” – but in this case, we guess anyone can be your family, even those belonging to a different species.
This article tells the story of Norland – a black and white newborn Pit Bull abandoned and rejected by his very own mother. He then found a new mother – a first-time mom cat named Helena.
Norland was just a day old when volunteers of the Cleveland Animal Protective League brought him in from their doorsteps. According to one volunteer, Norland’s mother rejected him after birth. With his delicate state, he could not survive on his own. The workers of the nonprofit organization knew they have to act fast before things turned worse.
Just then, the shelter cat Helena appeared. The volunteers knew Helena just gave birth and, perhaps, curious about the new baby inside the shelter. The cat also just gave birth herself, and volunteers thought her motherly instincts kicked in at the scent of the new baby.
The volunteers of the Cleveland Animal Protective League watched as Helena approached the crying pup. She gently nudged Norland, snuggled against him, and finally licked his head. It was a sight to behold! Helena started treating Norland as one of her own. The mother cat nursed the Pit Bull puppy and loved him like he’s part of her family.
As for the volunteers, they monitored the health of Norland throughout his first few weeks. They bottle-fed him eight times daily to assure his nourishment. Helena, the mother cat, looked after Norland like her own. According to the volunteers, Helena looked at Norland with so much concern in her eyes – he became part of her litter.
If it weren’t for the volunteers and Helena, the adoptive mother, Norland wouldn’t survive. The Cleveland Animal Protective League is proud of its resident cat Helena. She did not hesitate to care for a creature of a different species. She proves that a mother’s love is boundless!
credits: Annette Lawless via YouTube