Masha the cat has become a hero after reportedly saving a 12-week-old baby in Russia.

Homeless Cat Saves Baby

Masha, a homeless cat, was roaming the streets of Obninsk, Russia, when she uncovered a baby boy in a cardboard box. Masha reportedly climbed into the box to protect the baby and keep him warm and meowed for help.

Irna Lavora, a woman who lives nearby and frequently cares for Masha, found the baby after hearing Masha meow. “She is very placid and friendly, so when I heard her meowing, I thought that perhaps she had injured herself. Clearly her mothering instincts had taken over and she wanted to protect the child,” Lavora told reporters.

The baby was taken to the hospital for treatment, and Masha reportedly tried to get into the ambulance with the baby. The baby was given a clean bill of health, and the cat is now being called a local hero.

“The baby had only been outside for a few hours and thanks to Masha …he was not damaged by the experience,” said a hospital spokesman.

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