14:43 Apr. 23, 2016
Cat called 'Belka' which translates as 'Squirrel' is now a mother of actual baby squirrels
Two baby squirrels rescued by local police in Ukraine's Poltava have found shelter and love in the unlikely form of a cat taking on the role of mother.
Three-year-old 'Belka' recently delivered her own litter, but she has proven to be quite big hearted and has taken to cuddling and licking the two baby squirrels that were placed among her newly born.
Poltava police rescued the squirrel pups on April 18 after a concerned local resident found the abandoned rodents. The squirrels were taken to a veterinarian and a police officer asked the manager of a local private zoo to give the animals a home.
Belka, whose name in Ukrainian means 'squirrel' was quick to take a liking to the little babies who are only one month old and still need milk and lots of warmth, said a manager at the local zoo.
Once they are strong enough, the baby red squirrels will be placed into an outdoor enclosure with squirrels at the petting zoo.