A mother and litter of newborn cats living in a bird’s nest
A cat and her three kittens were found alive in an old bird’s nest high in a tree, watched by an adorable cat.
Volunteers from the Cats Protection charity claim that the living conditions chosen by the feline family were very unusual and have now found a new home for them.
And the cats have now all been named after birds in honor of their old home, with the mother named Oriole, the male named Willet, and the kittens Bran, Jay and Lori.
Rescuers had been alerted to welfare concerns regarding a colony of cats living on an industrial site in Amersham, Buckinghamshire.
Ruth Goller, a member of the charity’s Chiltern branch team, had been made aware of a newborn kitten that was found dead and managed to trace the mother to the tree nest after a week of research in the gardens, leaflets and even setting up camera traps.
She said, “Then one morning mom showed up with a man who seemed to bond with her. I watched her eat and it was obvious that she had recently had kittens and was still going, but we had no idea where she had stored them.
After befriending the couple, Ms Goller then followed them to a tree at the back of the site.
She said, “I wanted to take a closer look so I climbed on some containers and reached the big tree. It was then that I saw a nest with mom feeding three kittens right in front of me. I was so happy to have found them. The male watched closely.
The animal welfare team then managed to grab the cat’s family for medical attention and put them in the care of nanny Sue Buck.
She said, “It’s a lovely little family. Willet behaves like a lovable father to the kittens, even while grooming them. Oriole and Willet are clearly related and we would like to think we could bring the mother and male cat back together.
Kathryn Graves, secretary of the Chiltern branch of Cats Protection, said: “It is very unusual for a tomcat to stay after the kittens are born. In fact, I’ve never seen it before.