All animals have an natural and instinctive fear of fire, and try to avoid it as much as they can. One cat proved, however, that there is one thing stronger than that fear: A mother’s instinct to protect her young.

A cat named Scarlett and her five small kittens were taking shelter in an abandoned building in Brooklyn, New York when a fire started from unknown causes. When all hope seemed lost, what Scarlett did next is unbelievable.

Scarlett walked through the blazing fire 5 times, rescuing each of her kittens one by one.

When firefighters found her, she was barely hanging on to life.

After carrying her babies to safety, she was seen touching each of them with her nose to ensure they were all there and alive. The blisters on her eyes kept her from being able to see them. Immediately after that, Scarlett collapsed unconscious.

Scarlett and her kittens were taken by one of the firefighters to a nearby veterinary clinic, where they were treated for three months until they were well enough to be adopted. A staff member at the clinic said that Scarlett was “spoiled rotten and treated like a queen”. As she well deserved.

Watch this hero feline’s heartwarming story:

Such a brave little soul. Looks like she used eight out of her nine lives to save her babies.

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