A man who was recently ambushed by kittens has shared a video update showing how the cats were doing after he rescued them from the side of the road.
The follow-up video was submitted on Instagram by Robert Brantley, also known as the man featured in the now-famous video. Since it was uploaded less than a day ago, the post has already accumulated over 165,000 views and almost 2,000 comments.
The video was accompanied by an extended caption about the kittens’ conditions and he also thanked his followers for their support:
“Thank you for all that reached out to give advice and help with the kittens. Ya’ll are as much a part of this as us! The kittens are doing great and are enjoying the warm breeze as they dry off. We’ve got some more things planned for these babies so stay tuned. I’m still learning a lot of this so go easy on me.”
The 48-second video shows the man bathing the kittens that he had found the day before. The man shared that he had drawn a bath mixture recommended by his viewers and commenters, before proceeding to bathe a kitten he had dubbed “Scout.”
Along with the video update, Brantley also posted a series of short clips showing how the 12 kittens have been since he rescued them from the side of the road. The kittens can be seen playing with each other, roaming Brantley’s yard and interacting with his young children. One adorable Facebook post even shows the kittens being driven around in a cart.
Fellow Instagram users flooded the comment sections with overwhelming positivity:
“A bakers dozen. Love it,” wrote an Instagram follower, referring to the crowder of kittens.
“I love this storyyyy,” shared one user.
“God bless you sir,” said another.
Interestingly, the story of Brantley’s kitten rescue seemed to have even made its way to Brazil, as evidenced by a significant number of comments:
“Your video hit in Brazil! Congrats for doing something so kind! God bless you and your family,” shared one Brazilian-based commenter.
Another user wrote: “omg, i’m so happy for you and the kittens!! You saved their lives. much love from Brazil!!”
Some commenters even expressed their desire to help Brantley take care of the kittens by asking for details as to where they may send monetary donations:
“If there is a GoFundMe to help these kittens find homes, I would gladly donate to it,” shared a user.
Steep Learning Curve
According to Michelson Found Animals, between birth and 12 weeks of age, kittens become socialized and learn how to play and fight with their brothers and sisters, in addition to learning how to groom, eat and use a litter box.
The animal welfare non-profit organization also highlighted that in order for kittens to bond with humans, it’s important that they are handled and played with frequently during this short learning period.
This wasn’t the first time that an animal rescue story has made the rounds on the internet. Newsweek previously covered a story about a previously starving stray dog whose progress has become a TikTok sensation. Newsweek also wrote about a stray cat who befriended a human during a windstorm and brought all her newborn kittens.
Newsweek reached out to Robert Brantley for comment.
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