Eight orphaned hedgehogs have survived against all odds at a Russian zoo thanks to a cat which is now their surrogate mum.
Muska the cat adopted the hedgehogs after their mother died in a lawn-mowing accident. They had refused milk from a syringe, a bottle, and a saucer for two days, according to Sadgorod Zoo. Nothing helped.
As Muska had recently raised a litter of foster kittens, she had milk to offer, so the zoo decided to try the unusual pairing. The hungry orphans reacted to her bodily warmth and the smell of milk, and soon began to nurse. The good-natured cat proceeded to feed the hedgehogs for more than a week and comfort them at night, Russia’s Vesti reports.