A black-footed cat born on Feb 14, was a first for Brookfield Zoo in Illinois. “Hours after his birth, Animal programs staff became concerned about the male kitten’s well-being… To ensure that he had a chance for survival, staff quickly decided to intervene and handrear the kitten at the Chicago Zoological Society’s Animal Hospital, where he received round-the-clock care,” said the zoo.

Just hours after being born:

cute Black-footed kitten rescued at Brookfield Zoo

Dr. Mike Adkesson at the Chicago Zoological Society’s Brookfield Zoo, administers care to the kitten:

cute Black-footed kitten rescued at Brookfield Zoo

At six weeks old, the black-footed cat gets his food from a zookeeper:

six weeks old, the black-footed cat being bottle-fed at Brookfield Zoo's Animal Hospital

His beloved penguin toy:

Black-footed kitten plays with penguin toy at Brookfield Zoo.

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Zookeeper holds the black-footed cat born Feb. 14, 2012, at Brookfield Zoo.