Duck nursemaid Champion Los Angeles Mother Kittens saved
Meows Save the Day They're Lobbyists At Birth

June 14, 1933
Duck Nursemaid in Cat Family

Los Angeles Times
Mrs. Joseph A. Herron of 216 South Wetherly Drive in Beverly Hills has a sleek Persian cat named Grayling who is a mother to a litter of kittens. Grayling's nursemaid is Millicent, a duck who jumps into Grayling's basket one day to mother the kittens, who love being under her wing. According to the Times, “They seemed to like it even though their nursemaid had a distressing habit of occasionally trying to swallow their tails, apparently because the tiny dorsal appendages look so much like caterpillars.”


October 16, 1933
Kittens are rescued from a tree.

Three kittens are left to die in a paper bag hanging in a tree off Commonwealth Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard are rescued by a young woman who hears their cries and calls the police. The kittens find homes and are named Lucille, Dorothy, and Christy after their rescuers.

March 12, 1935
Meows Tell Fume Peril

Los Angeles Times
Bunny, an 8-month-old kitten, saves guardian Mrs. Marion McKitrick on Sunday morning by warning her of deadly monoxide fumes from a too-high gas radiator in the 8009 Blackburn Avenue apartment. Marion McKitrick falls unconscious in the room and remembers “Bunny sitting up on a table and howling.” Moments later, her husband Dr. John F McKitrick finds her and calls the doctor and fire department. After Bunny revives, she watches as Mrs. Marion is aided by the inhalator squad.

July 27, 1935
"Champion Los Angeles Mother"

Los Angeles Times
A gray alley cat is unofficially called the “Champion Los Angeles Mother” on July 16. Living by an alley doorway behind a coffee shop at 613 South Hill Street, Mot carries her twelve kittens one-by-one in search of a new home. The coffee shop patrons notice Mot needs help and help her move her kittens to the roof of the building with a new box lined with burlap sacks. The Los Angeles Times concludes, “Mot-the mother of twelve” finally “through the grace of the coffee shop staff the roof of the building [now houses] her children.” [This last sentence needs to be reordered – doesn’t work as it is.]

August 14, 1935
They’re “Lobbyists” at Birth

Los Angeles Times
On August fourteenth, 1935, a mother seeks shelter in the then-tallest building of Los Angeles. According to the Los Angeles Times: “Six little kittens of Kitty Doe can boast they were the first cats to be born in the City Hall of Los Angeles.” Kitty Doe enters through the Main Street entrance and gives birth in the lobby. Later that night, a watchman goes out for a bottle of milk but when he returns, he discovers the mother and kittens are gone. After much search, Kitty Doe and the kittens are located in the second basement.

May 3, 1935
Cat’s Alarm Saves Scores

Los Angeles Times
A mother cat with twelve newly born kittens spreads the sound of an alarm that saves the lives of lodgers in the apartments at 18 Santa Barbara Avenue. The Times reports that Miss Leha Westover is “aroused from her sleep by the constant meowing and scratching of her family of cats, jumped from bed to find her room filled with smoke.” Westover then sounds the alarm to warn the other tenants, and some must jump down to safety from the second floor. The cause of the fire is not determined.

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