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Scarlett the Cat and Cher Ami the pigeon are remembered

A brave mother and a faithful friend were remembered recently by Time Magazine's "Top 10 Heroic Animals" list.

Scarlett, a homeless calico in Brooklyn, saved her 4-week-old kittens one by one during a fire in the garage where she was staying. When firefighters arrived, they found a bloodied Scarlett who was severely burned. Fortunately, her efforts saved the kittens' lives.

Also on the list was Cher Ami, the World War I messenger pigeon, whose name means "Dear Friend" in French.

Cher Ami flew a dozen messages for the U.S. Army Signal Corps in France. When he was hit by an enemy bullet in his breast and his leg, Cher Ami struggled on to his destination. The final message - which was found "dangling from his shattered leg," according to the news source - led to the rescue of 194 soldiers.

Cher Ami's body is kept on display at the Smithsonian National Museum in Washington, D.C., while Scarlett the cat lived out the rest of her life in comfort. Her story inspired thousands to offer adoption for the brave kitten.

Many more cats and dogs are up for adoption throughout the U.S. There are about 93.6 million household cats in America., according to the Humane Society.
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