Turkish people are well known for their love of animals and they certainly lived up to their reputation when this mother cat took her kitten to the emergency room of a human hospital for help.
Photos have been doing the rounds on social media which show paramedics coming to the assistance of the distraught mama cat with her young baby.
The heart-warming photos were originally shared by Merve Özcan on Twitter and were soon liked by over 82,000 people on Reddit. She wrote:
“Today we were in the emergency room of the hospital when a cat rushed to bring her offspring in her mouth”
The medics stepped in immediately to check the kitten for any obvious health issues, and the mother cat tagged along keeping her baby in sight throughout.
While the baby was being taken care of, the mother was given milk and food to help her relax.
This level of kindness towards the cats is not surprising in Turkey, where many residents regularly leave out food and water for stray cats on the streets.
Luckily both cats seemed to be fine, but were taken to the vets to have a proper check up to be sure.
The paramedics and hospital staff were praised by Reddit users for their kind response to the situation. Some also recalled experiences of their own where people went out of their way to help animals in need.
One user shared, “This happened in my hometown with a birthing cat. She had problems and walked up to the hospital and started to meow. They helped her and she is now the pet of the doctor who called the vet.”
Here are some more of the comments.