This tiny helpless baby, not even three days old, was found near a house in Phoenix, USA. The kitten was without one hind leg and was very weak. He had been abandoned by his mother and was in urgent need of care.
People rescued him in time and took him to a local shelter, however, the shelter did not have the funds to fix the kitten’s health. Then his story was published on social media and they started looking for fosters for him. A girl named Shelby, owner of Jin’s Bottle Babies, a private rescue center responded immediately.
“I saw a post on Facebook calling for a rescue to pull the kitten from the shelter,” Shelbi Uyehara, founder of Jin’s Bottle Babies, told Love Meow.
Shelby immediately went to pick up the kitten and took him into her care. The baby was so fragile and weak that the girl was prepared for anything. She and her husband pumped the baby out all night, started feeding every two hours, and gave supportive medications.
The foster mom did everything she could to make the little fighter feel comfortable. After a couple of days, he miraculously perked up and started purring and squeaking more, demanding attention. This was already an important sign of progress.
“He was in really bad shape when we first got him. By the time I got him back home, he was quite lethargic and dehydrated, and not able to regulate his body temperature very well. I woke up at 3AM to feed and was shocked that he was still alive. Overnight he started flexing a bit and was trending up,” Shelbi shared with Love Meow.
The kitten was given the nickname Flex. When he opened his eyes for the first time he started to crawl on his three legs more and looked around wondering about the interesting world around him. Later he even made friends with his foster’s pet dog.
He was named Super Flex “because of the markings on his nose, making him look like a super hero. After surviving that first night, we knew he’d flex on any and all adversities.”
Despite the fact that Flex has three paws, it does not prevent him from exploring, enjoying life, and growing up a happy kitten. He was getting stronger every day, and his foster girl rejoiced at his every little victory.
A little later the girl took under her care another tiny kitten, which they picked up on the street, and decided to introduce her to Flex. He immediately took on the role of big brother – he began to take care of the baby and protect her.
In a short time, little Flex has come a long way. He turned out to be a real fighter, who, despite the difficulties, made it through and became stronger. When the kitten gets stronger and older, a permanent family will be found for him.
“They both are special little kittens born into this world and surviving against all odds.”