We hear a lot of animal rescue stories these days, but none quite as wild as this one. While walking to work one day, an 18-year-old named Hamdan Shibli discovered three kittens on the side of a dirt road. While some would have ignored these poor cats to continue their commute, Hamdan took the time to stop and care for these little creatures.
The kittens looked weak and their mother was nowhere in sight, so Hamdan relocated them to a nearby bush where they'd be safe. Shortly after, Hamdan was uploading pictures of his encounter online when he had a shocking revelation: those tiny kittens he'd helped to safety were no mere housecats ... they were jungle cats!
Jungle cats are a type of large cat native to Asia, and while they are not currently threatened, they have been experiencing declines in population. Hamdan rushed back to the bush where he left them, hoping that they were still alive so he could help them. Check out the images below to see the full story of Hamdan and the jungle cats.
Hamdan Shibli, an 18-year-old living in Israel, found three kittens on the side of a dirt road. He looked around but could not locate their mother, so he decided to move them out of the road to prevent further harm.
Not wanting to separate them from their mother, Hamdan set them down in a nearby bush.
He then returned home and posted pictures of the cats online. At first, Hamdan thought they were just stray cats, but after doing some more research he quickly learned they were jungle cats. These large cats live in the wild and are native to Asia. Needless to say, they are not your ordinary cats.
Hamdan returned to the spot where he'd hid them and was relieved to find they were still there. Their condition hadn't improved. They still looked weak, and their mother was nowhere to be seen.
He put them inside a basket and set off for the nearest veterinarian. Their bodies were covered in ticks and he knew they needed to get help as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, one of the three kittens didn't survive.
But its two brothers still had a chance of recovering.
Hamdan took them to a hospital that specializes in wild animal treatment.
Veterinarians determined that they were no older than five weeks old. Can you imagine being left to fend for yourself at that age?
The doctors provided them with everything they would need to get healthy again.
Their main goal was to increase the kittens' weight and then release them back into the wild when they were strong enough to make it on their own.
Soon enough, the kittens graduated from milk substitutes to solid food.
Their weight started to increase ...
... along with their appetites!
At this rate, they should be healthy enough to return to the wild soon.
This is what an adult jungle cat looks like. With only 600 currently living in Israel, it's important to make sure they are all healthy so that the species can continue.
It won't be long until there are 602 jungle cats living in the wilds of Israel.
H/T: Boredom Therapy