WALKING HOME ONE DAY ON A WET NIGHT IN KINGSLAND, AUCKLAND NEW ZEALAND, KATHRYN VAN BEEK WAS SURPRISED TO SEE SOMETHING BARELY MOVING ON THE FOOTPATH. EXPECTING IT TO BE A MOUSE SHE GOT THE SHOCK OF HER LIFE TO FIND A NEW-BORN KITTEN, STILL WITH ITS UMBILICAL CORD ATTACHED.
Not making a sound he was crawling along on his belly, he was probably trying to find his Mum. She immediately picked him up and took him home, giving him the meal he so desperately needed. Had she not found Bruce as he came to be called, he probably would not have survived the night.
As it was, it was very much touch and go, with a very vocal and demanding kitten, a noise that very much belied his size. Having to get up at all hours of the night to feed him was soon rewarded with his first purrs. Her love and persistence paid off with Bruce weighing in at just over 100 grams after 12 days.
Bruce continued to put on weight, and as he did so his health continued to improve as well, and soon he finally opened his eyes.
Then loving to play as all healthy happy kittens do!
Relaxing with his favourite toy.
Bruce quickly became a part of Kathryn’s family, filling a spot she did not know at the time was missing. Sometimes the most unexpected things in life can bring us the most joy and reward. He now has his own website and his own Facebook page. And is now an international celebrity.
Kathryn went on to say:
“He wasn’t meowing when I found him but he was crawling slowly along on his tummy as though he was trying to find his mother. She named him Bruce, after the orphaned Bruce Wayne, aka Batman.
She brought him home and gave him the warmth and food he desperately needed. If she didn’t happen to stumble upon him that very moment, she didn’t expect him to live to see the next day. Taking care of Bruce was a full-time job. She had to constantly get up in the middle of the night to feed and cuddle.
The first few days were a bit rough, but he soon began to purr and show his adorable heart. At 12 days old, he was just over 100 grams!
Kathryn and her family weren’t ever planning on getting a second cat, but Bruce quickly became their new fur baby. He’s now part of the family furever!
WATCH A VIDEO OF BRUCE’S HAPPY NEW YEAR VIDEO HERE: