Who says cats aren’t kind, sometimes?

Argentine police say a destitute 1-year-old boy was kept alive by a colony of stray cats who shared food scraps and kept him warm in the city of Misiones.

The boy, who had been missing for several days, was found by Police Officer Lorean Lindgvist, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday

“The boy was lying at the bottom of a gutter. There were all these cats on top of him licking him because he was really dirty,” Lindgvist said. “When I walked over they became really protective and spat at me. They were keeping the boy warm while he slept.”

(More here. Thanks, Cindy.)

Perhaps it’s the neoteny/paedomorphosis thing: the mammalian instinct to protect those with big eyes, small noses, and big heads. Or perhaps they were just feeding him up for later…