On their way to school by boat on Tuesday morning, a group of youngsters from a Brazilian island community in the state of Sao Paulo noticed something.
An animal was in trouble there, struggling in the ocean far from land.
Boat skipper Jean Claude Mendes decided to take action after being informed of the sighting and prodded by the children on board. To obtain a better look, he encircled the ship.
Then, he and his young passengers noticed that the creature was a feral kitten that had ended up stranded in the ocean between the island and the mainland and was thought to be an ocelot.
The little ocelot started swimming toward the boat as it came to a stop. Mendes was then able to save her by scooping her up with the children’s assistance.
Here is a video of that incident:
The ocelot kitten was then transported by Mendes and his companions to dry land on the bank that she had been swimming toward. Hopefully, her mother was waiting there after having arrived at the seaside earlier.
In the interim, authorities have been keeping an eye on the area to be sure.
Since it was unharmed and the area is the species’ native habitat, returning it in the same direction was crucial, according to Environmental Police Sergeant Augusto.
It was an experience that Mendes and the students are probably not going to forget anytime soon.
She was struggling to swim “Later, Mendes said. “The kids’ assistance in holding the paddle while we rescued her was incredibly lovely.