When an uninhibited garage caught be ablaze in Brooklyn, what one firefighter witnessed touched the hearts of thousands—indeed, the heroic actions of a cat demonstrated that sometimes, animals have braver hearts than humans! The flicker department responded to the emergency, brought the flame under control, and extinguished the flames quickly.
While they were handling the situation, one of the firefighters, David Gianelli, saw a cat carrying its kittens away from the area of the flame, one by one.
The cat itself appeared to have been very badly wound in the process. Her coat, paws, and ears were badly burned, and her eyes were singed shut. After bringing them to safety, she was seen touching each of the kittens with her nose to ensure they were alive.
She then fell unconscious. Gianelli was so touched by what he saw that he took the entire family to a veterinary clinic at The North Shore Animal League in Port Washington, New York. Sadly, one of the kittens, the weakest one, succumbed to its wounds and finish off.
The cat, now named Scarlett, and her four kittens recovered within three months and were then fit enough to be adopted. The tale of this courageous cat that rescued its kittens went viral, even receiving words of praise from the Netherlands, Japan, and South Africa. The clinic received about 7,000 letters from good Samaritans, who offered to adopt the feline family. The clinic eventually decided to give the kittens up for adoption in pairs.