Baby robin makes an unlikely friendship with Michigan cat
June 25, 2012
As a cat parent, you can imagine that your feline most likely sees small birds as meal opportunities, not long-lasting friendships, but that certainly wasn't the case with a few laid-back Michigan felines. According to the New York Daily News, Otsego Township resident Karin Caston's cats have formed an uncanny friendship with a baby robin that the felines found outside of their home. The bird, which Caston has named Peeps, was initially kept in a cage after being found in the yard, but soon started to gravitate toward her cats. Peeps now spends the majority of his time nestled in the fur of Caston's cats or riding around on their backs throughout the house.
The relationship between the cats and Peeps has become something of an internet sensation, as the pictures of the bird on the felines' backs have gotten plenty of attention online. Caston's cats were initially skeptical of the bird while it was in the cage and she kept them separate from one another during the first few days. However, the cats accepted Peeps and started caring for the bird rather quickly.
According to UPI.com, Caston has since released Peeps back into the wild after caring for it for several weeks. By the time Peeps was allowed to go back outside, the bird had started to perch on her finger and had become a fixture during the cats' nap time. Letting Peeps go was a bit bittersweet for Caston, but she knew that she did the right thing.
"I've never done anything like this before, but it was something that I felt I could do - I just had an inner sense that I had to take care of him - to give him a chance," Caston told the news source . "He's brought me a lot of joy, and it's been an amazing couple of weeks. I'm sad, yet I know it's a wild animal and needs to return to nature."
The amazing story of a lucky baby robin and its feline friends shows just how amazing these animals can be and what sorts of surprises they have in store. If you're thinking of adopting a cat and you live in the New York City area, consider visiting Bideawee's website for a complete listing of felines up for adoption near you.