Zoo Handrears Black-footed Kitten Back to Health


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.

Photos by ©Brookfield Zoo (flickr). More photo:


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

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36 Responses to “Zoo Handrears Black-footed Kitten Back to Health”

  1. Natalia says:

    I can’t wait to see his debut at Brookfield Zoo!

  2. Jen says:

    OMG! That face! What a precious lil kitten boo!

  3. pumbie says:

    The two last photos show how precious the kitten has become!. I wish him good luck and a long happy life!.

  4. Hannah says:

    If I were the zookeeper, I would have a hard time wearing a glove while handling him. He’s so cute and fuzzy, I would just want to pet him and snuggle with him =)

  5. Marcia says:

    I just love babies. I wish they would stay that little and sweet forever.

  6. Moheem says:

    A valentines day kitty, definitely needs all that love and care!!

  7. Julee says:

    The face on him! I just want to kiss, kiss, kiss him on the forehead.

  8. Melissa says:

    Heart-achingly CUTE!

  9. carole says:

    with looks like that who could resist taking care of him

  10. Maysoun says:

    awwww..what a beauty

  11. katie says:

    What a sweet heart!!

  12. Jane says:

    Is this a type of Big Cat? If not, when did zoos start caring for house cats? He’s adorable, though

  13. Lashantina says:

    why the rubber gloves? Seems unneccessary??

    • Neko-San says:

      The gloves are to avoid leaving human scents on the kitten, so that he doesn’t bond with them. This is normally so he can be released into the wild later on; with a zoo cat I still think the keepers want the cat bonding as little as possible with humans so they retain their wild nature.

  14. Janet Brown says:

    I am so glad he is at Brookfield Zoo! They are the best, and they will take care of him! I used to live down the street from that zoo! The movie Water For Elephants the original Zoo Veternarian took care of that Zoo, during the depression, and World War 2! He will be fine!

  15. Shelly Lyon says:

    Such a great save! And a cute little ambassador!

  16. Nana says:

    Just look at those eyes!!! Cute!

  17. Peggy says:

    I would love to hug that kitty!

  18. Cindy says:

    beautiful baby!!!

  19. Deb says:

    Very lucky liddle guy – and such a sweetie.

  20. Sue Bee says:

    Thanks for elaborating on just what a black footed cat is! He’s so cute and the zoo did a great job of raising him!

  21. Linda says:

    He is a darling baby.

  22. Lynnette Ross says:

    Hes pretty. I love it!

  23. Patricia Brown says:

    lucky kitten! he’s adorable.

  24. Roman says:

    Still there are people who can save the world! :’) So sweet!

  25. Franklin says:

    What a cute and lucky kitten! I’m glad everything turned out for the best :)

  26. Gabrielle says:

    Such a beautiful little boy :)

  27. Vinny says:

    So adorable. Too bad they reproduce so slowly. If they multiply like house cats, we will have plenty of them.

  28. Shelly Lyon says:

    He’s gotten so big!

  29. so very cute. All life is a gift from God. these people know All Life Is Precious. I have found many kittens without a Mommie and had to feed them with an eyedropper and wipe their bottom. they are important to me. love ‘em all

  30. Ellen says:

    Absolutely precious! <3

  31. catwomanau says:

    Oh my goodness!! So darn cute x

  32. nnua says:

    So pretty, that melting expression and beautiful fur!

  33. Sue says:

    so cute! I hope he is doing well!

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