It’s not every day we get to read about anything nice happening around here. Sort of by nature, AATTP is geared toward discussing the comings and going of some of the most God-awful apes calling themselves “human” in America today. It’s enough to make you want to give up on the whole species. But then, every once in a while…somebody saves a kitten. Or a few.
In West Des Moines, Iowa, at about 4 p.m. on Monday, firefighters responded to a blaze on the 300 block of 7th street. The house belonged to apparent animal lovers.
A teenager standing outside with three dogs told rescue workers that the family’s two adult cats and their three kittens were still trapped inside. The house wasn’t quite completely engulfed in flames; but the geysers of fire and smoke gushing from the windows and doors left little doubt about the odds of anything surviving.
Crews had the fire under control in less than 15 minutes, and then entered the home. They went to the room where the cats were reported to be, expecting the worst. And they very nearly found it. The felines were near death in the charred rubble, unconscious and dying from smoke inhalation and oxygen deprivation.
Rescue workers rushed them outside to waiting ambulances. They administered oxygen to the cats, using a human facemask on the mother and the smallest nasal oxygen canules on the babies.
After a tense few minutes, the mother and her three babies came to — all had been revived, and survived the ordeal with little more than fur scented strongly of burning house. One kitten was taken to the vet for further treatment, but is expected to recover.
Sadly, one of the adult cats — the male, and father of the litter — didn’t make it. His remains were later found inside the home, the only damage among the $50,000 present that insurance couldn’t cover. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
But, Daddy Cat’s family lives on, along with the house’s former homonid and canine residents. Some of the former will undoubtedly find homes with the firefighters who saved them.
Yes, this job does require writing about some of the most vicious apes calling themselves human today. But from time to time, it’s nice to be reminded that even the most notoriously violent primates in the world can’t be all bad, all the time. Especially where kittens are concerned.
h/t: KCCI News