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Navy Sailors Bonded with 3 Stowaway Kittens
Love Meow ^ | Apr 23, 2011 | Eric Hanst

Posted on 12/30/2012 12:13:31 PM PST by Slings and Arrows

It all began when Eric Hanst and his fellow sailors were Navy deployed overseas. When they were in port for a few days, they were greeted by an unexpected guest. “A cat came aboard via mooring line. We lost track of her, and found her later that evening. We managed to get her back to the pier, and waved goodbye as we took off. This cat seemed unusually upset by this,” said Hanst.

What they did not know was that the cat didn’t just come alone. “It turns out, when she managed to sneak on board, she also managed to smuggle on three kittens. We thought she had given birth on the ship, but it was pointed out to us that they were too big to be only a few days old.”

When they were sailing off, no one on board was aware of the kittens. The little ones were very confused, looking for their mom for almost four days until they were discovered in the machine shop. “We found one initially and the other two a couple hours afterwards,” Hanst added.

Even though the crew had little experience bottle feeding a kitten, they all jumped into action, doing everything they could to help these little creatures. They did not have a bottle, so they improvised. They found boxes and necessary things to make a temporary nest for the kittens. They were all so proud, holding their new furry buddies and letting them climb all over them. When it comes to bottle feeding the kittens, these sailors showed remarkable love and care to the tiny little creatures that were about the size of their palm. They were gentle to the kittens and tended to their every whim.

“After the initial shock of being found, and feeding, the kittens were just as happy and playful as any other cute little bugger you’d find anywhere else. They were a great boost to crew morale, and I LOVED THEM,” said Hanst.

After they docked, the kittens were transported to local veterinary services. “We managed to find homes for all three kittens. I talked a friend into adopting one of the kittens, the other two were taken in by my a ‘cat couple’ who are regular rescuers.”

The soldiers rescued the kittens and the kittens gave them the companionship and love they needed during these long voyages. They both needed one another and it was a blessing that they found each other.


TOPICS: Military/Veterans; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: kittyping
Many pix at source.

Yes, it's an older story. Still deserved to be posted.

1 posted on 12/30/2012 12:13:39 PM PST by Slings and Arrows
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2 posted on 12/30/2012 12:15:07 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Navy can do.


5 posted on 12/30/2012 12:23:41 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I’m only seeing/counting 2 kittens...


6 posted on 12/30/2012 12:28:13 PM PST by carriage_hill (Have A Happy & Healthy New Year!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Old or new, it’s a beautiful story. Thanks for posting.


7 posted on 12/30/2012 12:41:55 PM PST by Sunshine Sister
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My pleasure.


8 posted on 12/30/2012 12:46:23 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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"Yes, it's an older story. Still deserved to be posted."

Totally agree; it's a wonderful story, and those pics are priceless. It hurts my heart to think of how distressed Mama cat must have been for a while, though. But I'm just glad the kittens found such excellent caretakers.

9 posted on 12/30/2012 12:48:27 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: Slings and Arrows

It is a beautiful story, but I can’t help feeling sad for momma cat missing her babies. I’m glad it had a happy ending. The kittens look so cute and made the sailors so happy!


10 posted on 12/30/2012 12:50:00 PM PST by Gefn ("I am waiting for a rebirth of wonder")
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To: Slings and Arrows; carriage_hill
I love kitty happy endings.

11 posted on 12/30/2012 12:51:33 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks
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To: Slings and Arrows
During WWII, one of my uncles worked in the Richmond, CA shipyards. One day a ship came in that had captured a Japanese ship and taken prisoners. On board was a little dog and some puppies. My uncle brought home one of the puppies in his breast pocket for his children. My cousins had that dog (named Judy) for nearly 20 years afterward. They thought she was a mutt, having never seen a dog like her before, but every time they encountered a Japanese person from the old country, that person would get very excited when they saw Judy. I think Judy was a Shiba Inu (or a cross).


12 posted on 12/30/2012 12:55:29 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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Sorry for the mama cat but glad for those kittehs. Very sweet.


13 posted on 12/30/2012 12:57:02 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: Slings and Arrows
We managed to get her back to the pier, and waved goodbye as we took off. This cat seemed unusually upset by this,” said Hanst.

This is what makes this one so poignant.

14 posted on 12/30/2012 1:01:01 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: CatherineofAragon

Did you check out the next story about the kitty with only two legs? Amazing..........


15 posted on 12/30/2012 1:02:38 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon.....)
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To: CatherineofAragon; Gefn; Yardstick

Its a shame about Mama, true, but I’m also glad that her babies found such wonderful hoomins.


16 posted on 12/30/2012 1:06:15 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Great story; beautiful dogs.


17 posted on 12/30/2012 1:09:33 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Me too.


18 posted on 12/30/2012 1:10:43 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Me too. THAT’s funny!


19 posted on 12/30/2012 1:19:57 PM PST by carriage_hill (Have A Happy & Healthy New Year!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

“I dunno sir, i guess they must have climbed up the mooring lines.”

Sailors smuggling things aboard ship is a long grand tradition.


20 posted on 12/30/2012 1:27:32 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

LOL!


21 posted on 12/30/2012 1:28:31 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: DesertRhino

Gotta respect tradition. ;^)


22 posted on 12/30/2012 1:30:37 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Hot Tabasco

When you asked me that, I had to go look. All I can say is, incredible. It hurts your heart at first, but then you realize the cat isn’t unhappy and moping....he’s enjoying life!


23 posted on 12/30/2012 1:32:47 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: Slings and Arrows

This reminds of a Titanic story that was posted here last April about the animals on board the ship.

Before the Titanic set sail, sailors watched as a mama cat took her kittens off of the ship one by one right before Titanic set sail, returning on board to carry each kitty down a ramps.

Everyone watching this thought it was so cute — except the sailors who said this was a VERY bad omen...I think If I’d seen that, I would have disembarked too. Animals have a strange sense of foreboding sometimes...


24 posted on 12/30/2012 3:03:24 PM PST by Bon of Babble (Instant Human....Add Coffee)
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25 posted on 12/30/2012 3:46:01 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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“Sailors smuggling things aboard ship is a long grand tradition.”

Yeah, we did smuggle things onto the ship, but not...cats.


26 posted on 12/30/2012 4:11:04 PM PST by suthener
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To: Slings and Arrows
The kittens learned a lot from those sailors.


27 posted on 12/30/2012 5:35:49 PM PST by Lady Jag (If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat. - Reagan)
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To: Slings and Arrows

It’s really nice that all the kittehs got placed in good homes.

I’m guessing the third kitten was camera shy? Or were there two identical tabbies?

Oh well, they’re too cute for it to matter... [smiles]


28 posted on 12/30/2012 6:45:46 PM PST by TheOldLady
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29 posted on 12/30/2012 7:36:35 PM PST by garjog (Heroes Died. Obama Lied.)
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What a lovely karma-building story! I have visions...

*Anchor here for a minute Captain....we have to go to the beach and get a couple of shovels of sand for the litter box....we'll BRB. Thanks, Sir!*


30 posted on 12/30/2012 9:41:30 PM PST by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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Not sure it happened exactly that way... ;^)


31 posted on 12/30/2012 10:04:20 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Nice story. Thanks for posting.


32 posted on 12/31/2012 8:15:16 AM PST by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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My pleasure.


33 posted on 12/31/2012 9:45:24 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Lady Jag

Smart kittehs, you betcha.


34 posted on 12/31/2012 9:46:58 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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SO NICE to see....kitties brighten hearts...


35 posted on 12/31/2012 5:11:50 PM PST by Fawn (GIVE OBAMA EVERYTHING HE WANTS--Get out of they way for BLAME)
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That they do.


36 posted on 12/31/2012 8:20:24 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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