Kitty heroine recovers with her kittens
Scarlett recovering with her
March/April 1996 - It was a story that
touched the hearts of people throughout the
A mother cat pulled her five kittens to
safety from a blazing abandoned building in
Brooklyn (USA), badly scorching herself.
One kitten, weakened by smoke inhalation,
died of a virus.
NEW YORK (CNN) -- A mother cat who raced into a burning Brooklyn
building and rescued her five kittens is recuperating with her litter at an
animal clinic. (753K QuickTime movie)
With her eyes blistered shut, her paws burned and her coat singed, the cat --
nicknamed Scarlet for her patches of red fur -- darted into the flames and
pulled out her kittens, one by one. Once all the kittens had been rescued,
their mother conducted a head count, touching each kitten with her nose to
make sure they were all there.
Firefighter David Gianelli found the feline family outside the building Friday
and took them to an animal shelter, where the mother and babies are
Hundreds of people have offered to adopt the cats.
Her four remaining 4-week-old kittens recuperated with her at an animal clinic.
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The burnt out remains of the derelict building.
With her eyes blistered shut, her paws burned and her coat singed, the cat
nicknamed Scarlett for her patches of red fur darted into the flames and pulled
out her kittens, one by one. Once all the kittens had been rescued, their mother
conducted a head count, touching each kitten with her nose to make sure they
were all there.
Firefighter David Giannelli, a 17-year veteran with Ladder Company 175 told
reporters "What she did was she ran in and out of that building five times, got
them all out, and then started moving them one by one across the street." David
found the feline family outside the building and took them to an animal shelter,
where the mother and babies received treatment. His colleagues coined a
nickname for firefighter David: "The animal guy." "Everyone here knows that
anything I can do for an animal I'll do," Giannelli explains
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Burnt out remains of Scarlett's house.
Why is Everybody So
Surprised That I Saved My
Why is everyone so surprised
that I saved my furry five;
that in spite of pain and danger
I brought them out alive?
True my eyes were barely open
but I heard their frantic wails;
through smoke and flames I saw
scorched ears and burning tails.
Every trip was a burdened choice
but I could make no other.
The rescuers have called me cat...
but I am also "mother."
Author - Rosemary Asmussen
|Scarlett with her new mum
Fire Fighter David