To a young, lost and injured kitten, facing on his own the perils of predatory animals, severe heat and drought, and infection, the world can be a very daunting, and dangerous place. This little tiger tabby was found in the woods on the edge of a property in northern MN in late July. It was very hot and very dry. He was seen hanging around for several days when the property owner saw the kitten was injured. They put out food for him and he returned often; he didn’t allow them to come too close, however; he always left before they could catch him.
They reached out for help. A volunteer from the Retrievers responded and offered to try to catch the kitten. She and another volunteer caught him after several hours. He proved to be a determined fighter. They saw the kitten was in bad shape. He was very thin and had a front leg dangling with what we later discovered to be compound fractures of the radius and the ulna. The leg was showing signs of infection. In spite of this, he put weight on it and moved as fast as he possibly could, when he thought he had to.
The volunteers contacted the local MFHS Agent, to explore options and next steps. While there was no evidence available to find out how the kitten was injured or whether he had a family, the Agent offered to care for the kitten while more information could be gathered and funds could be raised for his care. While he was a quiet and hardy soul, his eyes reflected the pain and fear he was trying to manage. Extreme bravery is sometimes found in the smallest of hearts.