A kitten was in a pitiful state after being abandoned and left to survive on her own. It may’ve been frightening for the little feline when a wild crow swooped down nearby, but what transpired was way beyond anyone’s expectations, and there’s an elderly couple who witnessed the dramatic scene who can testify to that.
In 1999, Ann and Wally Collito, of North Attleboro, Massachusetts, noticed a black-and-white kitten in their yard. The kitten was abandoned and left to fend for herself. Fortunately for her, a crow came to protect her.
The elderly couple saw the 3-month-old kitten walking around the edge of their yard one day. When they saw her a few days later, a wild crow was beside her. They thought the crow was meaning to hurt her, but was surprised to see the two animals walking together down the street.
They soon found out that the crow was actually taking care of the kitten.
Ann was initially worried that the kitten might be hungry and set out some food for her, but she wasn’t hungry at all. The crow had been feeding her with “food” that it had gathered from the couple’s yard.
“They watched in amazement as the crow walked around their yard and gathered up bugs and worms. He then went over to the kitten and poked his beak into her mouth, feeding her what he had gathered. There was no doubt in their mind, the crow was taking care of the kitten in the only way he knew how. He even showed her where to find water,” Canidae, a pet food company, wrote in a blog post.
Ann named the kitten Cassie, and the crow Moses. Following the vet’s suggestion, Ann started to record the two unlikely friends’ interaction for the world to see, just in case nobody believed them.
The couple slowly gained the trust of the crow-kitty duo. Cassie started sleeping in their home at night, and by morning, Moses would knock on the door with his beak to call his furry friend out of the house.
This went on for five years.
Then, “one day, Moses flew off and never returned.”
No one knew what happened to Moses but “he could have left on his own, knowing Cassie was in good hands and safe.”
Sadly, Cassie, at 14 years old, “went to the rainbow bridge” in December 2014, per Fleming’s Facebook post. “Let her, and her best friend, Moses the wild crow’s legacy teach us that we can get along in the world.”
The story of the two friends was later published in 2011. Lisa Fleming wrote their story as a children’s book titled “Cat and Crow” to honor the two friends.