Mother cat and her three kittens are rescued from a BIRD'S NEST

Putting the cat among the pigeons! Mother cat and her three kittens are rescued after being found living in a BIRD’S NEST

  • Charity rescuers saved the felines from a nest in Amersham, Buckinghamshire
  • Cats have now been named after birds in honour of their former home  
  • Volunteer rescuers have now re-homed all of the lost cats and kittens 

A mother cat and her three kittens have been rescued after they were found living in a bird’s nest high up in a tree.   

Rescuers from the Cats Protection charity were told about the colony of cats living on an industrial site in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. 

Charity volunteers say that the living arrangements chosen by the feline family were very unusual and have now found a new home for them.

And the cats have now all been named after birds in honour of their former home, with the mother named Oriole, the male named Willet and the kittens Bran, Jay and Lori. 

Rescuers from the Cats Protection charity were told about the colony of cats living on an industrial site in Amersham, Buckinghamshire

Charity volunteers say that the living arrangements chosen by the feline family were very unusual and have now found a new home for them

Pictured: The tree the cat and kittens were found in at the industrial site in Amersham

Team member Ruth Goller, from the charity’s Chiltern branch, had been aware of a newborn kitten which had been found dead and managed to trace the mother to the tree nest after a week of searching gardens, leafleting and even setting up camera traps.

She said: ‘Then one morning the mum showed up with a male who seemed bonded with her. I watched her eat and it was obvious that she recently had kittens and was still feeding, but we had no idea where she had stowed them.’

After befriending the pair, Ms Goller then followed them to a tree at the back of the site.

She said: ‘I wanted to get a closer look so clambered on some containers and reached up into the tall tree. That’s when I saw a nest with mum feeding three kittens right in front of me. I was so glad to have found them. The male was watching from nearby.’ 

And the cats have now all been named after birds in honour of their former home, with the mother named Oriole, the male named Willet and the kittens Bran, Jay and Lori

Team member Ruth Goller, from the charity’s Chiltern branch, had been aware of a newborn kitten which had been found dead and managed to trace the mother to the tree nest after a week of searching gardens, leafleting and even setting up camera traps

She said: ‘Then one morning the mum showed up with a male who seemed bonded with her. I watched her eat and it was obvious that she recently had kittens and was still feeding, but we had no idea where she had stowed them’

Pictured: The cat and kittens rescued from the industrial site in Amersham, Buckinghamshire 

The animal welfare team then managed to catch the family of cats to give them medical attention and bring them into the care of fosterer Sue Buck.

She said: ‘They’re a lovely little family. Willet behaves like a doting dad to the kittens, even grooming them. Oriole and Willet are clearly bonded and we would love to think we could rehome the mum and male cat together.’

Kathryn Graves, the secretary of Cats Protection’s Chiltern Branch, said: ‘It is very unusual for a tom cat to stick around after kittens have been born. In fact, I’ve never seen it before.’

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