On October 24 last year, workers at the African Maritime Services at the Waterfront Harbour in Cape Town, South Africa, were surprised to hear strange noises coming from one of their wooden reels. These reels are hollow inside and are made to store long, steel cables.
They thought the noise was a bird in distress, but when they looked inside the reel, they found three tiny kittens with their eyes still closed. Two of them hadunfortunately already passed away, but one little black kitten was fighting for his life.
Billy, as they named him, was making a racket - he definitely wanted to be heard. He had a severely injured paw, which would require immediate medical attention, and he was too young to be without his mother.
They immediately took Billy to The Kitten Cottage in Cape Town, where the medical team determined that they would have to amputate his paw, as it was too damaged. But the little creaturehad already shown so much will to live, that this operation would only be another small obstacle in his journey.
Paulette from the Kitten Cottage fostered Billy and made sure his post-operation medication and treatment was taken care of. Kind donations helped with the medical bills and the fur ballstarted to show signs of getting stronger.
Billy has found his forever home since then, and is happily living with three paws as if he were no different to any other cat. The kitten is an inspiration to us all in his zest for life, his positivity and his endurance.