Kitten with no eyes miraculously saved – joy as Bruno bucks the odds

Bruno the rescue kitten adorably plays with his toys

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Bruno, the tabby cat, was found alongside his mother and five siblings in Hawsker near Whitby. The kitten was taken to Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary which specialises in nursing back to health foxes, owls and other wild animals before releasing them back into the wild.

After being taken into the sanctuary, the kitten was kept in intensive care after suffering pain from ulcers in both eyes.

He underwent surgery to remove one eye and to attempt to save the other.

The kitten was given a plasma transfusion from a dog called Bruno, where he got his name from.

But sadly, his remaining eye could not be saved.

Although losing both eyes, Bruno was no longer in pain and therefore putting him down was out of the question.

But being blind, Bruno could not live with other pets or could go outside.

The veterinary surgeons who operated on the young kitten stepped in and adopted him.

Over its 12 years, the sanctuary has had 600 feral and stray cats through its doors but Bruno is the first without eyes.

Manager Alexandra Smith said: “This is the first one.

“We’ve had elderly cats with no vision and cats with one eye.”

But she added: “A blind mammal can cope very well because they tend to adapt and adjust and use their other senses.”

Bruno has been adapting very well in his new home and is using his “other senses” very well.

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Ms Smith continued: “He’s adapting beautifully and as far as we can see he’s adapted very well to his new disability.

“He’s using his other senses very well, especially his hearing.”

She added: “He’s playful, affectionate and a little purring machine.”

Due to the cost of the surgery, Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary is appealing for donations to pay for the bills.

Founded in 2009 by Alexandra Farmer, the sanctuary takes in around 4,000 rescues a year with a team of more than 60 volunteers.

On the website, Ms Farmer said: “I am occasionally asked if our work is interfering with nature, to which I reply that the vast majority of wildlife casualties are caused by human interference in the first instance.

“Whether that be through deforestation, car collisions, shootings, snares and traps, building work, cats and dogs and even malicious attacks.

“I therefore feel it important to right those wrongs and give nature a helping hand, which they so deserve.”

According to YorkshireLive, the rural North Yorkshire has a huge feral cat population descended from abandoned and escaped pets.

Additional reporting by Dave Himelfield

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