Masha the long-haired kitty climbed into a box left outside and kept an abandoned baby warm for several hours

By Amy Jamieson
Updated January 17, 2015 12:50 AM

Who says cats are self-absorbed?

A long-haired cat from Obninsk, Russia, came to the aid of an abandoned baby recently and is being called a hero. The furry feline kept the baby boy warm and even meowed to get the attention of passersby, the New York Post reports.

“The baby had only been outside for a few hours and thanks to Masha he was not damaged by the experience,” a hospital spokesman told Central European News.

Temperatures in Obninsk were in the 30s on Friday.

Local resident Irina Lavrova described the cat, a stray who is cared for by locals, as quiet and friendly – so when she heard the cat making a fuss, she knew something was amiss.

“I thought that perhaps she had injured herself,” said Lavrova. “Normally she would have come and said hello to me. You can imagine my shock when I saw her lying in a box next to a baby.”

The abandoned child, who was well-dressed when he was left outside, was said to be in great shape after an exam at the hospital. A hospital official said they have received an outpouring of support for the baby, including donations of food and toys.

Lavrova believes Masha’s “mothering instincts” kicked in when she discovered the baby all alone.

“Everyone [on] the block is very proud of her,” Lavrova said. “We have all spoiled her rotten by giving her her favorite food.”

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