Masha was a stray tabby, popular with the locals in Obninsk, Russia. One chilly evening in January 2015 the tabby happened upon an abandoned baby left inside a box in front of an apartment building. Seeing the baby, Masha’s motherly instincts kicked in and she climbed in the box and snuggled with the baby. She meowed loudly to get the attention of a passerby.
A women was bringing the trash outside when she heard Masha meowing and went to see what was the matter.
“You can imagine my shock when I saw [Masha] lying in a box next to a baby,” the resident told local media.
Due to his furry, purry heating pad, the abandoned infant—clothed in a jumpsuit—was unharmed by his exposure to the subzero temperatures.
Masha, who had always been popular with local residents, became even more so after that incident. No doubt she would have said that she wasn’t a heroine, just doing what came naturally!
2. Major Tom
Grant MacDonald was in his yaught with his cat Major Tom. Positioned about 40 miles off Shark Bay on Western Australia’s Gascoyne Coast, it was the early hours of the morning and Grant was asleep. At around 5am the boat began to take on water.
Grant explains, “the cat kept head-butting me and got me up, and eventually after checking the wind and doing the normal course check, I noticed the bow heavy, heavy in the water…The whole boat was flooded. It was too dark and too dangerous to enter and try to find the leak. I had to make the quick decision to get the cat and scramble onto the life raft as quickly as possible.”
It was hours before a Chinese crew found the pair bobbing in the life raft and rescued them.
“We lifted Major Tom up on a rope, there were massive swells and I had to grab onto the rope ladder and hope for the best, and then the life raft disappeared 10 meters underneath me,” he said. If I hadn’t been rescued when I had, within four or five hours I would’ve been washed up on shore and killed, so I was very, very lucky.”
Tommy the cat lived in Columbus, Ohio with wheelchair-bound Gary Rosheisen. Gary had suffered from a series of mini-strokes, he also had osteoporosis meaning that his bones were very weak.
Tommy had entered Gary’s life three years previously, as he thought having a cat would help lower his blood pressure and would make a great companion.
In fact because of his frequent seizures, he had even attempted to train his beloved cat to press a 911 speed dial button in case of emergencies.
Gary explains, “the phone in the living room is always on the floor, and there are 12 small buttons including a speed dial for 911 right above the button for the speaker phone.”
Although he had made such efforts to teach Tommy, he had no idea if the training had stuck – until one day he had a seizure in his bedroom and fell from his wheelchair onto the floor. He wasn’t wearing his medical-alert necklace and couldn’t raise the alert.
That’s when police received a silent phone call.
When Officer Daugherty arrived he found Tommy lying by a telephone on the living room floor, and Gary Rosheisen incapacitated in the bedroom beside the toppled wheelchair.
“I know it sounds kind of weird,” Officer Daugherty said, unable to provide any other plausible explanation as to how the call was made. There was no one else there.
For Gary it was proof that his training had worked. Somehow Tommy had known it was time to press the 911 speed dial button and save his owner.
Gary really has the perfect pet, “he’s my hero.”
Angelica Sipe was sleeping on her couch when she heard the sounds of a bullet breaking her window and whizzing around the room. Also in that room were her 3-year-old son, Daemire, and her cat, Opie.
Angelica says, “It took me a second to realize what just happened. The first thing I did was check on my son and he was sound asleep. Then I saw my cat on the floor and that’s when I realized my cat was shot.”
According to the report, the bullet entered the couch and then struck Opie twice, leaving a total of 4 bullet holes in the tiny feline’s body.
The bullet then ricocheted and hit the couch Angelica was sleeping on before finally stopping in a pillow. The pillow was merely inches from Daemire.
As for Opie’s role, Sipe explained that the bullet “came in the top of his head, out the bottom of his neck, and back into his shoulder and out his armpit rib area.” After the very traumatic event, Opie had muscle damage and was taken into surgery. He has a drainage tube and stitches, but is expected to be alright.
Angelica is certain that had it not been for Opie, the bullet may have struck Daemire. At the vets she was given the option to put Opie down, but knew she had to save his life.
Opie is expected to recover, and live happily with the child he saved, and the family he loves.
We think Opie certainly deserves to be spoiled!
It was the middle of the night, Tess Guthrie was asleep with her two-year-old daughter, Zara. She woke up to hear the family cat, Duchess, hissing at something in the dark bedroom.
The cat had been acting strangely for days, so Tess grabbed her cell phone to see what the problem was this time. By the cell phone’s light, she saw a python wrapped around her daughter’s arm.
The snake bit the child three times before her mother’s frantic yanking finally managed to dislodge it. Grabbing Zara, Tess scurried to her father’s house next door to call for help.
The python was released back into the wild, but Duchess made herself scarce after the incident, perhaps in a huff over nobody heeding her prior warnings. Or perhaps she realized how easy it would be for a huge reptile to put the squeeze on a cat, too.