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Cat adopts mouse

A nursing cat in China has adopted a mouse, letting it join her family of newborn kittens.
The cat was brought into a children’s clothing store to catch mice, according to a report in the Yanzhao City News.

Four weeks ago the cat gave birth to five kittens. But then they had an unexpected visitor who became a new playmate… and ended up being adopted by the cat!

‘She stays in the box all day long, taking care of her babies, but three days ago, my colleague found a small mouse playing with the kittens,’ said a spokesperson for the store in Shijiazhuang city.

‘The cat was protecting the mouse, and would become alert if anyone came too close.’
The store staff threw the mouse out once, but immediately the cat ran to bring it back and let it play with her kittens.

Experts say it’s quite exceptional, but that maybe the cat became lenient after becoming a mother or simply that the mouse became imbued with the kittens’ scent and led the cat to believe it was one of her own kittens… albeit a small, odd-looking one.