Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Stray Cat Gets Woman's Attention To Show Her What She's Protecting.

A Dire Situation

A Dire Situation

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She could not believe what she was seeing, and her heart sank with worry. She had anxiously followed the distressed meows, concerned that the beloved creature was in pain or danger. She stood there ready to help, but what she discovered was not what she expected. And although she could have never imagined this could happen, she knew who to thank for alerting her of the situation. And she would never let herself forget it.

Distressed

Distressed

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It’s so disheartening to hear an animal in distress, especially when you’re not sure how to help. That’s exactly how she felt. When she heard the frantic meows, she panicked a little. She knew that poor kitty needed help right away. She had no idea just how dire the cat’s situation was. But she knew she had to act fast.

Neighborhood Cat

Neighborhood Cat

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To Irina Lavrova and other residents of her apartment building, Masha was more than a stray cat. The long-haired tabby was calm and sociable, so it wasn’t long before the neighbors adopted her as a communal cat. They all fed her regularly and gave her a few friendly head scratches whenever she approached to say hello--which was quite often. But life for a street cat isn’t all that easy, especially in the town where Masha lived.

A Buddy

A Buddy

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Cats are social creatures and Masha is no exception. But most people around the neighborhood would agree that she is a unique feline. She got along great and everyone loved her. But then again, it’s not surprising. The bond between humans and animals is often stronger than the connection humans have with each other. But life as a stray was still pretty difficult.

The Rough Outdoors

The Rough Outdoors

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Masha lives in the city of Obninsk, located in western Russia. While summers there are relatively mild, winters can get really cold. The average winter temperature is 12 °F (-11 °C) and it snows pretty regularly. Needless to say, any animal or person who stays outside during a cold winter night is quite at risk. Luckily for Masha, most of the people in her neighborhood usually took pity on her. And 68-year-old Irina was one of them.

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