The lucky feline, besides bringing levity to tragic circumstances, is helping highlight the plight of pets as the wildfires rage on.
The kitten was found by firefighters deployed to the North Complex Fire in Butte County on Sept. 20, reported CNN.
She was alone in the middle of the road, covered in smoke and ash, and estimated to be no more than 3 weeks old. The Cal Oak Animal Shelter, which took her in, is mindful that the kitten may have a family looking for her.
Shelter staffers quickly warmed to the scrawny kitten, naming her “Baby Yoda” for her round eyes, button nose, and large drooping ears so comically reminiscent of the fictional character’s features.
The kitten was examined by a veterinarian and given a bath. Butte County, California, officials later shared photos of the fluffy feline on Facebook. After a snooze, the kitten was placed in medical foster care, where she is soaking up the love and expert attention she needs to make a full recovery.
“As of last night, her foster has said she is doing great,” Norm Rosene, the vice president of North Valley Animal Disaster Group, told CNN. “Baby Yoda will have no problem finding a home.”
Rosene added that the shelter has already been inundated with offers from potential adopters but will be waiting at least a month as per their protocol for all displaced animals. If owners do not come forward, Baby Yoda will become available for adoption.
“We will hang on to the animals and give everyone a chance to get their lives together before claiming their animals,” Rosene said. “Who knows, Baby Yoda’s parents might be out there looking for her and waiting to get her back.”
All animals displaced, lost, or rescued during the North Complex Fire are listed on the Pet Harbor website, where it is hoped their families will find them.
As of Oct. 1, the North Complex Fire has hit two counties, Plumas and Butte, and plowed through 314,949 acres of land. It has been active for 43 days and counting and is 79 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.
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