When a team of firefighters responded to a fire in an abandoned garage in Brooklyn, one of them was impressed with a show of bravery by someone much smaller than himself.
Firefighter David Gianelli witnessed the uncommon act when a cat ran into the fire, carried out one of her kittens, then jumped back in four more times to carry out the rest.
According to the Epoch Times, the cat was so badly burned
Firefighter David Gianelli witnessed a cat save its kittens from a fire.
Gianelli rushed the cat and her babies to the nearest veterinary clinic, The North Shore Animal League in Port Washington, New York. The mother and her kittens were all injured in the fire, and the smallest of the litter passed away shortly after arriving at the vet.
Soon after images of the kittens were posted to social media, the story went viral. Letters poured into the North Shore Animal League’s mailbox from around the world.
Within three months, the cat and her four kittens were recovered and were ready to adopt out.
The mother cat was named Scarlett, and adopted out to a woman who had been injured and lost her previous cat in an automobile accident. Her kittens were adopted in two pairs by two different families, and Scarlett lived a life full of love until she crossed over the rainbow bridge in 2008, at 13 years old.
Scarlett’s human will never forget her, neither will firefighter Gianelli, nor will the world. The North Shore Animal League has implemented the Scarlett Award for Animal Heroism, bestowed on those animals who have risked their own lives to help others.
Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.
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