The Huffington Post Tara Kelly First Posted: 06/17/12 02:35 PM ET Updated: 06/18/12 12:02 PM ET
They say a mother would do anything for her children.
For proof, look no further than Cindy, a mother cat who literally took a bullet for her kittens, reports Carlsbad Patch.
When Cindy first arrived, she didn't want to leave her newborn kittens.
"Mommy and baby kitties are all doing fine, but it was touch and go when they first arrived," Dr. Oba, the veterinarian tending to Cindy, told the Carlsbad Patch. "They were all very tiny, malnourished, unvaccinated and very scared. It took a gentle hand to pull that momma away from her babies."
After taking Cindy into surgery, Dr. Oba discovered the reason for their behavior. The cat and her litter had been shot at and Cindy had taken the bullet.
While Cindy's story is certainly impressive, it bears similarities to another incident involving a brave mother cat. Back in 1996, a calico reportedly raced into a burning building in Brooklyn to save each of her five kittens.
Like Cindy, Scarlett and her newborn kittens made headlines around the world.