We have written happy news of Ladybird, who gave birth to only one baby and consented to raise two orphaned kittens with her extra milk. You voted to name these beautiful adoptive siblings after Superheroes: Nakia, Diana, and Natalia.
Today, we are sad to report that Diana, Ladybird's biological baby, has gone to heaven. Ladybird took good care of her and we did all we could to help her along, but Diana never developed and sadly passed away in her sleep. While Ladybird grieves her loss, she is coping well and still providing loving care for her two kittens, Nakia and Natalia.
We are happy to say that in spite of this difficult week, Nakia and Natalia are doing very well. They have grown and developed (both have now opened their eyes!) and are nursing and taking their supplemental bottles like the little lady heroes they are. They have begun to take a little canned cat food as well.
Now that the girls are eating solids, it's time to get them weaned from their adoptive mommy so that she can prepare to be spayed so she can be adopted into the loving family that she deserves.
Check back for more updates on Nakia, Natalia, and Ladybird!
Joy Shanahan is a student at Appalachian State University with a passion for community service. She can be found in the dance studios at ASU or researching helpful animal tips for Lee Shore.