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Update: Baloo the “Ferocious Feral” Is Up for Adoption

He survived a year in the wild with a cord around his neck; now he's starting to trust humans.

Phillip Mlynar  |  Aug 24th 2015


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Back in May, we brought you the story of Baloo, the Monday Miracle kitty who remarkably managed to survive being tangled up with a cord around his neck for more than a year. As we explained when first meeting Baloo, the injuries stemming from his shenanigan were nasty: “After his neck and front leg became tangled up, the cord actually cut through his muscle layers and formed a deep wound.”

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Image via Tabby’s Place.

Eventually with the help of the Tabby’s Place rescue team, this resilient feline was trapped and given the medical care and attention he so badly needed. (At that point it was discovered that his original injury had expanded into a six-inch-by-three-inch pressure wound.)

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While Baloo was set on a successful road to recovery, at heart he remained a wild and stubbornly strong-willed cat. As Angela Townsend from Tabby’s Place phrased it on a blog post about him, “Is Baloo not the cat who wished us dead even as we saved him from string, the ferocious feral counting down the days ’til he was free from walls and wonky human touch?”

To that end, it was assumed that he’d need an outdoor living situation, free from the pesky physical confines that us humans like to live inside.

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Image via Tabby’s Place.

Well, that was back in May. Barely three months later, it seems that Baloo has undergone a total change of tolerance towards humans. “Although Baloo was extremely feral and angry at first,” Angela says, “he has since made a complete transformation to the point where he demands belly rubs and kisses and cannot get enough human attention. We are all amazed and overjoyed.”

Yep, the “ferocious feral” has become a total softie. As you can see from the updated photos of Baloo, he’s revealed himself to be a big-hearted love bug.

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Image via Tabby’s Place.

If you were wondering, he’s still wearing his blue fabric collar to protect the last of his wounds. “We don’t want him to lick those tender areas around his neck and shoulders just yet,” explains Angela. “Fortunately, he wears the look very well!”

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Image via Tabby’s Place.

So what’s next for Baloo? Well, he’s now beginning the search for his forever home — and this time it’s going to be on an indoor basis. So if you fancy the company of a dignified and lovable cat who, with his blue collar, also somewhat resembles the goofy Japanese cartoon kitty Doraemon, do the right thing and contact Tabby’s Place.

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About Phillip Mlynar: The self-appointed world’s foremost expert on rappers’ cats. When not penning posts on rap music, he can be found building DIY cat towers for his adopted domestic shorthair, Mimosa, and collecting Le Creuset cookware (in red). He has also invented cat sushi, but it’s not quite what you think it is.