A Canadian animal rescue group mourns the loss and celebrates the legacy of a well known and widely loved cat.
Grandpa Mason, a wild tabby, has won hundreds of thousands of fans for his devotion to orphaned kittens. euthanized Thursday. After being diagnosed with advanced kidney disease three years ago, tests have shown that Mason's kidneys have started to fail, reports non-profit Tiny Kittens on social media.
"For 1069 days, we had to love this glorious ancient" lost cause of the "wild cat," read an emotional tribute on a Facebook page dedicated to Mason. "I am grateful for every day, even today, as our whole heart breaks into a million pieces. This is the sunset I hoped I could give him; the final gift he so deserves; at home, in peace, without pain and surrounded by love and kittens. ”
TinyKittens, based in Fort Langley, British Columbia, rescued Mason in 201
What happened next eventually made Mason an Internet star. TinyKittens founder Shelley Roche took Mason to her own home. The frightening and ferocious cat gradually began to become more comfortable in the house, but still needed a huge amount of personal space. That began to change when Rosh brought in five foster kittens that she was preparing to adopt.
"I put the kittens on and they started climbing everywhere and invading his personal space," she told The Dodo in 2017. "I was there in case he was upset – I was expecting him to play, growl or sneak."
Instead, the kitten started to lick Mason's ear, and the older cat "somehow bent over and closed his eyes. as if it was the most amazing thing so far, "she said.
Roche added a look of" pure bliss "to Mason's face to make her aware that he was probably thirsting for some pleasant contact.
" And while he definitely didn't want this with me, he must have missed it of his own kind, "she said.
The kind, gentle and playful behavior of Mason with foster kittens has earned him the nickname "Grandpa" and has repeatedly made videos telling the story of the soft side of a bitten cat going viral. Social media pages for the rescue group, including one dedicated to Mason, show numerous videos and photos the ex-cat who cuddles, makes-up, and plays with a wide variety of foster kittens – and teaches them manners.
The group writes that it hopes Mason's story will continue to inspire compassion for animals that some people may write off as "lost causes."
"His story doesn't end tomorrow, it's just turning into a new chapter," the group writes. "His impact will continue and he will continue to change the story of wild, old, sick, 'different' cats."
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