Rescued Bengal Mama and Son

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Little Ziggy

Zoraline, a very pregnant Bengle cat mama was found by a shelter in San Francisco. At the time she had an injured left leg which made it difficult for her to bend down.

Later she gave birth to a litter of kittens, but only one survived. The shelter did not have enough room for the mother and son, and they were in danger of being put down, so many people started looking for foster parents who could take them in.

Kimberly Jennery who has been a foster mother for many years received a phone call about Zoraline and Ziggy. “I went to San Mateo to pick them up… After waiting for a long time for them to microchip her, and move her and the one surviving baby into a box, I brought them home. She was listed as a stray,” said Kimberly.

Ziggy is a bundle of joy. After his eyes opened up, he couldn’t wait to start venturing around the house. Zoraline was a sweet cat mama who did a great job looking after her baby. By day 3, Zoraline was comfortable enough in her new foster home to let Kimberly handle her baby Ziggy.

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Mama Zoraline was not producing enough milk, so Kimberly stepped in to help. “Ziggy was losing weight and getting dehydrated, so I started supplementing.” After that, Ziggy was thriving and growing like a champ.

Both Zoraline and Ziggy love to play and are always looking for things to play with whether it is a roll of toilet paper, foster parent’s feet or anything they could turn into a toy. When Kimberly brought back a black little orphaned kitten, Rocky, Ziggy immediately took to her and even offered to wash her. Though sometimes he tried to wrestle with his foster sister, Ziggy always kept an eye on Rocky and made sure that she was ok. “Ziggy couldn’t wait for Rocky to get just a little more mobile and bigger. Rocky purred like crazy even when Ziggy was a little rough with (her).”

Little Ziggy and Zoraline have found their forever loving homes and are having a blast with their new life.

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Ziggy when he was a wee baby :)

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Ziggy’s big round eyes

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Mama Zoraline checking on the little baby

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Mama watching Ziggy attentively while he was getting his bottle

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Ziggy is getting bigger than a handful now

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Surprised Ziggy

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“Rocky, you’ve got a flavor! Nom!”

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Ziggy playing with his foster brother Rocky

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Sweepy baby

Photos courtesy of ©Kimberly Jennery (check out more pictures of Zoraline and Ziggy here.)

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72 Responses to “Rescued Bengal Mama and Son”

  1. Brian says:

    Totally, totally beautiful!!!

  2. Starla says:


  3. Beverly says:

    Oh, how beautiful they both are!!! I am so glad they found a loving home!!!

  4. awww … what a love story! Thank you for sharing .. :)

  5. Rose says:

    This is too precious and wonderful. Thank God there are so many sweet people in the world today !!!!!!!!!! Made my day !!!

  6. Tammy Alenduff says:

    I love those big eyes!!! How adorable!

  7. Xaidiz says:

    Ahh!! Those eyes are just too cute!

  8. Norm says:

    Just too precious!

  9. Anonymous says:

    What a beautiful story and photos, I love them all. I love how mom, baby, and other foster baby, all have lives full of warmth, food and love instead of the cruel alternative. Thank you!

  10. Marilyn says:


  11. Kimberly Jennery says:

    Awww… I love your story of Ziggy and Zoraline! Rocky turned out to be a girl 😉 Also, Zoraline's leg was a permanent injury, but she turned out in the end to NOT have a heart murmur (yay!)

    Finally, if folks want to see them in motion, go to my youtube page and search on Ziggy. Prepare to have your morning taken up, though 😉

    Lovely, lovely entry! :) It was wonderful to see those photos again :)

    (Also, I have EIGHT foster kittens who need homes right now – if you live in the SF Bay Area, let me know if you want one!)

  12. kacee says:

    Aw…loved the story and the pictures! They are sooo adorable!!

  13. Tamara says:

    I miss the days that I lived in the country and took in many rescues. Nothing more precious than a baby kitten!

  14. kacee says:

    Saw your videos on YouTube..SO cute! Little Kiki looked alot like Ziggy :) Thank you for fostering and for giving all of them love!!

  15. Lexie says:

    Both mama and baby are beautiful! I'm so glad they found loving homes. (Were they able to stay together, or did I miss that?)

    • Kimberly Jennery says:

      They didn't go together, no … and honestly, Zora was SO done with motherhood by the time Ziggy got adopted it was just FINE! Ziggy went to a home where his "big brother" was named ZigZag, and got renamed, eventually, Ruti. I get updates on him… he's a sweet terror, and he LOVES playing with his big brother :)

      Zoraline took a long time to find the right home, but when we did, it was PERFECT! She is SO happy at her home with a slightly older and more mellow buddy.

  16. tarzan says:

    love cats….this kitten is soooo cute..

  17. Ariane says:

    How wonderful, that both got adopted! It's very strange to abandon a Bengal cat, they are so gorgeous!

  18. Susan says:

    So good to hear a happy ending!

  19. diggums says:

    Careful. Use toys for kitten play. not hands.

  20. Jackie says:

    The video made me laugh it was just so CUTE!! I appreciate those that can foster. I gave it a try with a beautiful, failure to thrive dog. It was so awesome to watch her thrive under my care. I provided top of the line food (she gained much needed weight), love, play and a lot of walks. I have yet to recover from the horrible grief deep in my heart as she walked away with her wonderful new family looking back at me the whole time. I want her back so much. So I know how hard it is to foster and let them go. Many thanks to the wonderful foster moms & dads that find a way to cope with those feelings.

  21. Jocelyne says:

    Beautiful big round eyes! I love the markings on the forehead of Ziggy. Mom and baby are just so adorable.

  22. Marilia says:

    Cute!!!!!! Very cute!!!!!

  23. curator says:

    Those super-bitty kitten pix, they just wreck me. What an adorable morsel. He's beautiful.

  24. Ellie says:

    If you still hate cats after going on this wecsite you have no heart.

    • Carol says:

      Isn't that the truth! I LOVE cats – and everytime I like at this (my fave kitty website) I wonder the same thing!

  25. I love a kitten very.

  26. andy says:

    the eyes disarmed me!! soooooo cute!!!

  27. Angela says:

    OMG, what precious kitties! Love the belly pics! I love cats and kittens so much, I wish I had more (we have 4 now). Thanks for sharing the story of these precious babies!

  28. KellyAnne says:

    Great pics of the little guy! So sweet–it hits me right in the heart.

  29. Christine Aspinall says:

    Beautiful, beautiful little kitten and mama! LOVE cats! The mum must have been lost. Can't imagine a special cat like that being a stray. So sad for both animal and owner! However, in this case, there was a happy ending, thanks to wonderful, caring people! :)

  30. Melanie says:

    Very beautiful! Ziggy is so cute! The pics are really great!

  31. Lorelai says:

    belly dots!!!!!

    i rescue myself, and i never ever understand what motivates the idiots who throw their pets away. I am so glad to see happy endings!!!!

  32. RafNise says:

    sooooooooo cute!!!! i like his mother too.

  33. Dee says:

    Awww, Mommy & baby boy are both beautiful!

  34. Corinna says:

    way to beautiful<3

  35. Blue says:

    Both of the kitties are gorgeous! Ziggy is so handsome! Thanks for being a foster mommy! They need you so badly and you give them life! Thank you! I love kitties!!!

  36. Paula says:

    Ziggy is just too cute for words!!! I loooooove your website and all the posts. I have to share these wonderful kittens!!!

  37. Jacki says:

    That mother cat is amazing. It would break my heart to have to give her up.

  38. E. Salazar says:

    I wish you could keep all three! Thanks for giving them a temporary home

  39. inissiye says:

    good luck to these cats and others :)

  40. Fisher says:

    I just have to say, Ziggy is a perfect name for that little darling. Such a beautiful story and I am so happy they found such a loving home. Lucky humans!

  41. Danie says:

    Oh my goodness.

    I wish I could have both mum and baby. <3

  42. wendy desrochers says:

    so beautiful! Hooray for the kitties and their new family!

  43. tigru says:

    It is more then cute, it is perfect

  44. trisha says:

    i love your little ziggy and mama zoraline…you are very kind for taking them home…may there be more people like you!

  45. Iffat says:

    what a gorgeous Mama & Baby!

  46. Diane says:

    What an adorable kitten!!!

  47. Leyla Alghazi says:

    Gorgeous Mom and Babe. Such an attentive Mom Mashallah.

  48. Natalie says:

    This is the most precious thing! Momma, ziggy and rocky!! I Love the pictures!!

  49. jennifer says:

    so pretty. :)

  50. Ruth says:

    So adorable, I am so glad they have a happy home now.

  51. sledpress says:

    I love to see cats who were not originally related bond and have fun together. I've got a rescued Bengal who was crazy when I got her and now she's a big love-cat. They're survivors. I don't know how I missed this gorgeous post.

  52. Roma says:

    OMG! Such a beautiful kitty!

  53. Ingrid says:

    Very moving story – (the kitten bed is a must-have!!!)

  54. Abby says:

    Cried, deeply.

  55. Neko-San says:

    I keep watching the video and want to know how you didn't scream when mama Zoraline jumped up on your leg… it looked like she was really digging her claws in!

    When I had my kitten she would climb up my legs, and even wearing jeans it still looked like I had shaved my legs with a cheese grater. 😛

  56. Druscilla says:

    They’re so beautiful! The loveliest family ever! Ziggy’s got really beautiful huge eyes, and mummy has the loveliest pattern. They’re beautiful!

  57. Norm says:

    Great story, thank you for taking care of the kitties!

  58. Shelly Lyon says:

    What a truly amazing story!

  59. Maysoun says:

    terrible idea of putting Mom and baby down……what a sin

  60. beckyl says:

    such cute paw pads!

  61. Janet Brown says:


  62. Blue Wolf says:

    What a wonderful rescue story! Thank you so much for fostering these wonderful cats. The vid was adorable!

  63. Shelly Lyon says:

    Such a great outcome for these precious creatures:)

  64. Sara says:

    So cute… what a great story… Love it, love it.. these stories touch me in a caring way…I wish there were more people to foster animals in need. those that are injured or abandoned by their owners…. you guys really do make a huge difference in the lives of animals….. many thanks to all the wonderful work you do…..

  65. Debra Olsen says:

    :-) My, oh my…what beauties. just adorable. I have a solid black rescue girl, Ella. Suddenly, the name Licorice popped into my head. The bengals look stunning, but I’m crazy about all of them. :-)

  66. natasha says:

    Ziggy is so adorable, such a big bundle of playful joy. Him and his mother are a great pair and Im happy to hear they found their forever home. Im also happy to hear that Ziggy has an adopted sister Rocky she is also very cute. This story just warms my heart I could cry with happiness for them all. :)

  67. Franklin says:

    They’re really adorable!! Thank you for saving them. I hope they find a great home.

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