catWhen an animal rescue worker in L.A. found a homeless cat & her five kittens who were dirty & malnourished, it wasn't a huge surprise when she started hissing and trying to protect her babies. Somehow the worker managed to rescue the poor cat & her litter -- and when they arrived at the animal center, doctors realized this mama was much more protective than they initially thought.

When they took a closer look at her matted fur, they found out the cat had been shot in the head with a BB gun, and wound up with a BB lodged behind her ear. (O.M.G! Who does something like that to a helpless animal?!)

It's a miracle that she survived at all, but the fact that she also managed to protect her babies after a wound like that is nothing short of amazing. When she was found, she was hovering over the five kittens, so she must have been trying to shield them in the event that her attacker came back. 

The animal center named this brave mama Cindy, and she's been spayed and is now waiting to be adopted by a loving family. Her five kittens have already been scooped up -- and thanks to her, they'll enjoy happy lives growing up in their new homes.

But isn't it just a little bit sad that she went to such great lengths to protect those kittens and will probably never see them again? (As a mom, I can't help but be a bit heartbroken for her.)

Were your pets extremely protective after they had babies?

 

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