A little kitten rescued by soldiers at an army barracks is now looking for a new home.
The baby tabby was just five weeks old when he was found ill and straying at Tidworth Garrison in Wiltshire on 21 July.
He was extremely weak, lethargic and shaking. He was also being bullied by a larger cat, so Fusilier Damon Milward came to the rescue. He took the kitten inside, let him nestle in some nearby army uniforms for warmth, and nicknamed him Little Soldier before calling us.
He wouldn’t have survived without help
RSPCA Inspector Kate Fletcher collected the tiny animal and took him home for fostering because he was so young and poorly. She said:
“He was so ill when I first met him, we were really worried.
“He was cold and shivery and very weak and dehydrated. He definitely would not have survived without help.
“I had to be up most of the night weaning him for the first week or so. Hand-feeding with special milk every couple of hours, helping with going to the toilet and basically keeping the little fella warm and comfy.
“I am so happy that he is now doing so well – playing with my cats and dogs and giving them a run for their money. A really gorgeous little thing and a proper brave Little Soldier.
“I have no doubt that Little Soldier would have died had these kind-hearted soldiers not taken the time to rescue him and call us. They may look tough – but obviously are complete softies underneath, especially when it comes to baby kittens.”
It was obvious he needed help
Fusilier Damon Millward said:
“We have a lot of strays wandering around the barracks but it was obvious that this one was not looking too clever – especially with that larger cat pawing at him.
“I knew he wouldn’t have lasted if we didn’t do anything so we couldn’t have just left him there. Me and a few others picked him up and brought him inside.
“It is great to hear he is now doing so well.”
Little Soldier is now seven weeks old and will be ready for a new home in a couple of weeks. Anyone interested in rehoming him should contact 0300 123 8018.
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