Hercules is a hero


Melbourne, Australia

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Hercules is a hero!
Maya gave birth to 5 beautiful perfect babies overnight.
Hercules is a hero to me : ) he was the smallest and last born of a very tiring night for Maya, Sarah, Amy and myself…and of course Him !! (Hercules wasn’t breathing when he was born, (I know this feeling deeply in my being because I was a prolapsed cord delivery myself..and had to be resuscitated)
He took a long time to be delivered because of it.
I know all the women who have ever given birth know the exhausted feeling of hours/days of labour.
Finally I pulled lifeless, tiny, baby Hercules from his mother. With no movement a few minutes later…together Sarah and I (and perhaps Maya )wondered how God can make these tiny little creatures and then take them away just like that?! With no hope of ever feeling it’s mothers first touch, no sweet milk… no chasing Kitty toys.. In desperation I took that little guy in my hands and swayed him as I had seen a Vet do on a TV program…somewhere…..sometime.
I sucked what fluid I could out of his mouth and nose with a tiny syringe that Sarah had given to me and then blew in a tiny breath, just as much as I thought a kitten would do if it were alive. He had a token little sigh which I thought was the last sigh of life leaving… I have heard this sigh before….and recently.
I cradled him.. and stroked him, keeping him warm against my chest. This little guy wasn’t leaving this Earth with just the coldness of death on his tiny body! I was making sure the Universe remembered him! And.. he in some way would remember us. I put him with his mother.. She licked him.. and we took a photo of him. To remember him..

Well, I think you may have already guessed the ending to this story….that is that this little miracle made it through this day. And given the seal of approval by the Vet!! : )
This day..the first day of December 2008.. is without doubt one of the happiest days of my life!! : ) “Yes I am crying like a big baby!!” But they ARE happy tears : ).!

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