It’s hard work, but a kitten had to do it.
An animal rescue group in Kansas City, Missouri, has declared a 6-week-old black cat the “most responsible kitten in the world” after it was found watching over three young kittens whose mothers were nowhere to be found.
“Meet the world’s most responsible kitten,” the KC Pet Project wrote on Facebook last week alongside a photo of the fuzzy foursome. The nonprofit added that “the person who found them told us he was taking care of babies, and we think that’s the cutest thing ever.”
The person who spotted the four felines outside first waited to see if a mother cat showed up. When no mother materialized, the individual “brought them to the shelter together,” KC Pet Project spokesperson Tori Fugate told HuffPost in an email.
Very young kittens need milk from a mother cat―or need to be bottle-fed by human caretakers―to survive. But the older kitten, who has since been called Binx, nevertheless seems to be watching over the “little ones” and trying to care for them “as best he can”, Fugate said.
The three younger kittens, around 2 weeks old, are all males and have been named Ollie, Frankie and Ziggy.
It is unknown what happened to the mother, or if Binx is a sibling of the three youngest.
But all four are “doing well so far,” Fugate said, and are in foster care, where the youngest are bottle-fed every few hours. Binx is still with them.
“They all went to a foster home together,” Fugate said, “because how could we separate them?”