This story is just a few weeks old, but has already touched the hearts of millions. It sounds so unbelievable, that you'd almost think it was a fairy tale.
Our hero is Masha. Masha is a longhair cat and comes from the Russian city of Obninsk. She leads her life as a stray in an apartment building. The residents thought she was extremely clever, so they tolerated her and fed her. But now she is the whole city's hero.
It is a cold January morning during the Russian winter at the start of the new year. Madeschda Machikowa, a 65-year-old pensioner, hears a miserable yowling coming from the staircase. She thinks it is Masha, her secret pet, that is calling for help. Without hesitation, she quickly descends the stairs to come to her rescue.
But something is wrong. The noise actually sounds nothing like a cat at all. As she peeks in the cardboard box, she can't believe her eyes. Masha lies peacefully without as much as a peep. Then the shock: the noises are coming from a human baby, laying next to the cat in the box. Masha had snuggled herself up to the baby, warming it with her fur while daringly licking its face.
Madeschda is both shocked and touched. What monster had abandoned the helpless baby here in the freezing staircase? Next to the box lays a pile of diapers and, luckily, the baby looks chipper and bright-eyed. But in these temperatures, it is only thanks to the wonderful acts of Masha, who, like a mother, tends for the newborn.
Madeschda immediately calls an ambulance to bring the baby to safety. But as the rescuers want to take the baby away, Masha meows heartbreakingly. She even tries to jump into the ambulance, not wanting to abandon her new beloved companion. It agonises the helpers, but ultimately the caring cat must remain behind.
The baby is doing well, even if, to this day, no one knows who the parents are. One can only hope that their awful decision is torturing their conscience. For if Masha had not slipped into this motherly role, the Russian winter would not have spared the newborn. As for Masha, she is the hero of the entire city. She can hardly escape the affection and accompanying treats she now receives.