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Why being a runt can be an advantage (2)

By  Sue Manning   (Shanghai Daily)

13:47, October 09, 2012

That special attention required to bring some runts to health can create a special bond. Cat owner Melissa Hadaway took the runt of a litter and its sister to her home in Winder, Georgia. She recalled how six years ago, Annie, the runt, "was the littlest and bravest. She fought very hard to get her share."

Kathy Covey of the Cat Adoption Team in Sherwood, Oregon, says a 6-week-old kitten runt weighed 11 ounces (312 grams) when he arrived in August.

"His eyes and ears were too big for his face, he had a kidney infection. He was on fluids, syringe feeding, pain meds and antibiotics. When you picked him up, you could feel each of his ribs. But he was a lover, snuggling in to you whenever you showed any affection and purring the whole time," she says.

Little Big Burger worked hard and gained a pound in two weeks, Covey says. He has to stay on antibiotics for his kidneys but his prognosis is improving.

"He's not giving up, so I'm not," she says.

Runts aren't welcomed everywhere, though. Wilbur, the classic runted pig in the children's book "Charlotte's Web," was saved from slaughter with the help of a spider, but animal agriculture and food producers in real life aren't as forgiving.

A pig farmer thinking about Easter hams will probably cull runts from his pens because they will never reach the body size needed for meat production, Meadows explains.

Meadows also noted that in the wild, only the strong survive. And runts likely won't win sporting awards, since they won't have the muscles or build needed for agility or show ring competition.

Even some animal welfare groups won't champion all runts to families.

The Cat Adoption Team in Oregon wants to place as many kittens as possible, but it will draw the line with some runts, says operations manager Kristi Brooks.

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