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Tributes to ‘little soldier’ street cat Maximus

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Image caption Maximus, thought to be 12, was described as “the most amazing cat” following his death

Tributes have been paid to a street cat described as a “little soldier” who died after attracting worldwide support.

Maximus was rescued by Stray Cat Rescue Team West Midlands (SCRT) in November after spending a decade on the streets.

He had an immunodeficiency virus similar to HIV and claws so long he could not walk, which prompted global donations and offers of care.

The rescue team said he was “the most amazing cat to ever grace this earth.”

The feline was rescued by the voluntary group in Great Barr, Sandwell. He had £10,000 donated for his care and thousands of gifts of treats and toys from across the globe.


He was given antibiotics and steroids having spent days at the White Cross vets in Wolverhampton. But he suffered breathing difficulties and died on Friday night.

“We lost the funniest, strongest, most amazing cat to ever grace this earth,” SCRT posted on their Facebook page.

“His breathing wasn’t right, he was on oxygen and myself, Jade, Julie, Vet nurses Jo and Sioned held him and comforted him until he decided it was time to leave us.

“He had no fight left and his breathing had totally changed. Medically, there was no sign of anything wrong. There wasn’t a stone left unturned in Maximus’s treatment. Everything that could have been done, was done.”

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Couple beats astronomical odds with second baby born on Leap Day

(CNN)It’s rare to have one child born on a Leap Day. But two?

Lindsay first gave birth to their son Omri on February 29, 2016. Their daughter Scout joined the family last weekend. Her birth date: February 29, 2020.
“Deep down I wanted it to happen and always joked with my wife that she will be born then too, but never really believed it [would] happen again,” Dane told CNN. “I think they said the odds were 1 in 2 million.

Beating the odds

The couple wasn’t expecting their daughter to arrive early.
In fact, doctors said her due date was on March 4. But baby Scout was ready to celebrate her birthday with her big brother.
The family had just set up decorations for Omri’s birthday party when Lindsay started having contractions early in the morning. “No way on Leap Day, again,” Dane said.
Lindsay gave birth to a 7 pound 2-ounce Scout that same day — February 29.
As for when they will celebrate their two kids’ birthdays, the family isn’t worried about it. They have it all figured out.
The couple plans on celebrating Omri’s birthday on the 28, since he’s older and Scout’s on March 1. And every four years on Leap Day, the siblings will have a giant celebration together.
“Hopefully it becomes a tradition that carries on with them as they grow old and something that keeps them close forever,” Dane said.
The kids aren’t the only two who have birthdays in February. Lindsay’s is on February 26 and her mother’s is on February 28.
If you throw Valentine’s Day in the mix, it’s going to be a busy month for the Demchaks.
Dane gives all the praise to his wife, who he said has been amazing through it all. With the two kids, it’s a good thing they run a family-owned online coffee roasting company.
They’re going to need the extra caffeine.

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