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Momo was only a few months old. Though she looked so small and fragile and possibly suffered from a nerve problem, she meant a world to her mother Sheeba.

delhi Updated: Nov 23, 2017 10:57 IST
Mayank Austen Soofi
Mayank Austen Soofi
Hindustan Times
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Momo with her mother Sheeba in a well-heeled central Delhi neighbourhood where we first saw her. (Mayank Austen Soofi / HT Photo)

Momo, who was born just a few months ago, died recently.

We first saw the kitten in an artsy apartment in a well-heeled central Delhi neighbourhood. We could tell even her mother knew all was not well with the newborn.

Sheeba, usually a rather reserved cat, was licking Momo all over her tiny body. For the last few days, the infant Momo had been unable to walk on all fours. When she tried, her hind legs dragged behind as if they were paralysed. Momo looked so small and fragile that one feared she might dissolve to the touch.

It wasn’t clear how Momo’s hind legs lost movement — the vet had ruled out a fracture. It could have been a more serious nerve problem, according to him.

Both mother and daughter shared the flat with dhrupad singer Arman Ali Raza.

Once we saw Mr Raza preparing to take Momo to the vet. Sheeba refused to let go of her kitten.

Mr Raza gently took away the baby from the mother, putting her in a basket. Mum jumped into it. The young man took her out, and softly said in Hindi, “We are taking your child to the doctor. He will give her medicines so that she recovers quickly. We will come back soon.”

We can’t forget the sight of Sheeba sitting quietly in front of the door, waiting for her daughter to return. A few days later, as Momo partially recovered, Mr Raza’s friend took them to her house.

Now we learn that the little Momo fell off the balcony the other day. “She couldn’t land on all fours like other cats,” the friend told us. We asked about the mother. “Sheeba was sad but has recovered… she’s doing okay.”

First Published: Nov 23, 2017 10:50 IST