Russian Cat Nurses Eight Orphaned Hedgehogs Back to Health



At the Sadgorod Zoo in Vladivostok, Russia, eight orphaned hedgehogs found a new mom in the most unusual of animals: a black cat named Musya

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The hoglets (yes, baby hedgehogs are called hoglets and it's perhaps the cutest word I've ever heard) were found after their mother had been killed in an accident - tiny, blind and struggling for survival without their mother to protect them.

Zoo staff scooped up the hoglets and took them into care. The zoo's team tried everything to get the eight hoglets to feed, but they refused milk from a bottle, syringe, and saucer for two days, even when they were placed on a heating pad to stimulate their digestion. It was clear: if the prickly little tykes didn't eat soon, they wouldn't make it.

Enter Musya: the fluffy black cat had recently raised and nursed a litter of foster kittens and still had milk to give. Out of options, zoo staff decided to pair Musya and the hoglets together, hoping Musya's presence and milk would be enough to get the hedgehogs to eat.

The hoglets reacted immediately, sensing Musya's natural warmth and smelling her milk. They burrowed right into her soft, fluffy belly and began nursing right away. Musya didn't seem to mind the strange-looking "kittens," though she's not afraid to give them a little scolding if they get too prickly. 



Musya nursed the hoglets for over a week and kept them warm and cozy at night. Thanks to their adopted cat mom, the hedgehogs made it through and are now munching happily on solid foods. Their hobbies (likely learned from Musya) include eating and sleeping. 




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  • JoAnn Baron

    I find this horrific. That poor cat put through something like this is cruel . They are not showing the upsetting picture where all the hedge hogs have her totally flattened on her back and all you see is her head, she was totally enveloped with hedgehogs laying on top of her. There is no way she could even move, they were big and heavy. There was absolutely no concern for the cat, I don’t know how she could even breath. I never felt so sorry for a kitty in my life. It just looks like so many zoos around the world and the way animals are treated.,
    Where that so called owner is trying to hold her cat she had to grab ahold of her front legs to just to be able to hold on to her. That cat is no ones pet. The cat tried so hard to get away from her. The cat should have been taken away from them, taken to the groomers and vet to get fixed and find her a loving home.

  • Carolyn Ortiz

    Why cant humans b as compationzte as 4 legged animals. Humans need to look to nature & take heed.

  • Joan Bilinski

    I love this little storey. Animals are perfect, they help each other automatically. I have an orange cat, he is so cute and lovable. Thank you for this story.

  • jmuhj

    Musya is gorgeous! Hopefully she will be spayed when she is finished weaning the hoglets.

  • Kate

    totally adorable and happy-making story!

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