Hope is a powerful force. It gives you the will to go on even in the face of adversity. But despair can be equally strong. Without hope, you lose the will to move even one step further. These special cats tell just such a story of hope and despair. The “kittens” were found abandoned on a mud road in Israel. When they were taken in, though, their rescuers found that the cute little things were in fact jungle cats. Rather than being destined to grow up to be tame house cats, they hailed from a breed of large wildcat that’s found across China and India.
Though the kittens had been rescued, however, their recovery was far from over. Sadly, one of the three didn’t make it. They were weak, young and in desperate need of some loving attention. At a little over five weeks old, and with their mother out of the picture, their situation seemed truly desperate.
Fortunately, they were in for a warm welcome at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, where they could continue their journey on the road to recovery.
It didn’t take long for the care lavished on them at the zoo to show its benefits, too. As the wildcats have received treatment for their injuries, they have steadily grown and are on a path back to full health.
If you were to see them now, it would be difficult to imagine the precarious state that they had been found in.
The ultimate ambition is for these magnificent creatures to be returned to the wild. Because of this, the handlers are trying to minimize human contact with them. Nevertheless, they keep a close eye on them with cameras dotted around their living quarters.
In the meantime, the team at the zoo plan to teach the jungle cats to hunt by giving them prey in the form of live rodents. This is crucial for their survival in the wild. Things sure seem to be on the upward curve for them, though! And while jungle cats aren’t endangered, there are only a small number in Israel, so this will be a welcome addition to the Mediterranean country’s biodiversity.
The survival of these cute kitties is nothing short of a miracle. If these orphans can make it and be returned to nature, it will be a truly spectacular ending to this story. All we can do is hope!