I left them and walked for an hour or so and suddenly heard more miaowing. 'Oh no' I thought. I can't save every kitten in Indonesia. I told myself to walk away. But I couldn't. The noise was coming from a boat on grass near the shore. I was expecting another small kitten but gasped when I saw two newborns, still with their eyes closed, unable to walk, just wriggling around, and no mother in sight. I bought some milk from a nearby shop but they didn't take to it so I took them to the people in the shop. About a dozen locals gathered round, no doubt wondering what this crazy foreigner was doing. People just don't seem to care about abandoned kittens here. I gave money to a small girl, hoping she'd be sympathetic, and pointed at the little kittens. I then walked away, hoping I wouldn't hear any more!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Yesterday I was walking by the beach of Bengkulu when I heard the plaintive miaowing of a cat. I located it coming from a big box covered in a tarpaulin. I poked at it a bit but was afraid of being bitten or scratched. I waved down a man, woman, and child on a motorbike and drew their attention to the noise and together the man and I moved the tarp a bit to find a hole. From the noise I was expecting a full grown cat but out popped a tiny kitten the size of my hand. It was all alone and desperate. I carried it to a grassy spot and put it down but it wrapped itself around my legs and also sometimes around the other man's, though he didn't seem too interested. Worried that the kitten would starve, I went up to a fisherman and asked for some of his bait, offering to pay. He gave it to be for free and I ripped the small fish into pieces for the kitten, which hungrily chewed at it, making noises like a tiny tiger. It even nipped my finger when I tried to take a bony bit from it. I gave the man and child some money and pointed to the kitten, hoping they understood that the money was to look after it. I don't know if they will but I could only hope.
Posted by Simo at 7:01 PM