2 The Story of Orphan Manul Kittens

The Story of Orphan Manul Kittens

Posted on January 27, 2014 by team


Two domestic cats from the Daurskiy nature reserve (Baikal, Russia) became mothers of four accidentally found manul (Pallas) kittens. Their birthmother was probably scared away by people who came to the abandoned livestock farm where the animals were living.

Two manul kittens are female and other two are male. They were adopted by the cats which had recently become mothers of their own kittens. But unfortunately they were infected by toxoplasmosis and were isolated from their new “mothers”. By that time they already learnt to eat meat and drink milk by themselves.

The worker of the nature reserve Svetlana became the third mother for the manul cats.

The owners of the nature reserve plan to bring the manul kittens back to wild nature when they grow up and become stronger.

While they are growing up the color of their eyes is changing from bright turquoise to golden yellow.

Two of the four manul cats, male and female, finally became too weak and could not struggle with the desease. The remaining two, Myrgen and Masha, started to recover…

Masha was the first to be brought to steppe and given freedom. In a month Myrgen followed its sister. They both got radio-collars to be provided with further support and food, when necessary.

Today they both are fully wild animals and do not ask people for food.

via radzhana-daur

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2 Responses to “The Story of Orphan Manul Kittens”

  1. Jean says:

    In the last picture the cats are looking wholly independent, JUST as the people they live with. Do I love cats.

  2. Leigh says:

    well done. It takes a lot to do something for another person or animal that you will never get anything back. Its an important thing for us to all learn to do. I guess a kitty cuddle might count for something though ;)

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