Having only just discovered this footage, regardless of when it was shot it’s no less amazing to watch today.
When a kitten appeared in the yard of an elderly Massachusetts couple in 1999, it was so small that Wallace and Ann Collito at first thought it was a rat.
The Collitos believed that someone had thrown the black-and-white kitten over the fence into their mobile home park and they worried about its welfare until they noticed the cat had someone looking out for it.
The Collitos watched in amazement as the crow took the kitten — whom they’d named ‘Cassie’ — under its wing and began feeding it worms and insects. They couldn’t believe their eyes as they watched the crow they’d dubbed ‘Moses’ feeding Cassie, protecting her from other animals and cawing to keep her out of the street.
They knew no one would believe the remarkable tale unless they had proof, so they began filming and photographing the playful kitten and its watchful winged guardian. Eventually, the
Eventually, the Collitos were able to coax Cassie indoors with cat food and she spent her evenings enjoying the luxuries of indoor cat life, but every morning at 6 a.m., Moses would peck at the screen door looking for his friend, and Wallace and Ann let Cassie out to play.
The unlikely friends spent hours frolicking and wrestling outside, and the Collitos filmed the playful pair’s escapades for five years until one day Moses quit showing up. American crows live only seven to eight years in the wild, so it’s thought that Moses passed away. Ann Colito died in 2006, but Cassie — who’s now 12 years old — still lives with Wallace in their Massachusetts home, and Cassie and Moses’ story will continue to touch lives and teach lessons about friendship for years to come.