The family was feeding two colonies of friendly strays in different parts of Valencia, in the Carabobo region, when they realized that one cat they were used to seeing had disappeared. A few days later, when he returned, he was missing a leg.
"We couldn't leave him there like that," Reinoso said. But they also couldn't leave behind his three female companions, either. "We loaded them all in the car and took them home. Sadly we couldn't save the male's life."
But there was new life on the way: "One of the females was pregnant," Reinoso said.