This adorable ‘abandoned kitten’ that was rescued by a teenager has turned out be a Jaguarundi wild cat.
According to local media, 18-year-old Florencia Lobos was fishing with her brother Lucas near their home in Santa Rosa de Leales in the northern Argentine province of Tucuman when they heard a noise coming from a cave next to the river.
She found two ‘kittens’ in the cave next to the corpse of their dead mother and she took them home to take care of them.
The felines were named Dani and Tito, however the former died shortly after being rescued.
Meanwhile, Dani used to wait for Lobos to return home from university every day to play with her.
After the fluffy animal hurt its leg, Lobos took it to the vets where she was stunned to learn that Dani was actually a Jaguarundi (Puma yagouaroundi) cub and not a kitten.
As she did not have enough money to pay for the needed surgery, Lobos contacted the Argentine Animal Rescue Foundation.
NGO president Hernan Rodriguez Salazar said: “Fortunately, she called us and gave us the animal because she realised it would not be suitable for her home. We took it to a vet who works with us.”
The wild cat was taken to a nearby protected reserve where its leg injury will be treated, according to Salazar.
Lobos told Central European News (CEN) that she was “shocked” that her cute kitten was actually a wild cat and that she remains in contact with the foundation to found out how Dani is doing and when she can visit the cub.
She added: “I feel he will be sad without me.”
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