A medical reservist in the Italian Army has been acquitted of "gross insubordination" charges following an incident in which she saved the life of a pregnant cat against orders.
In 2012, while stationed at a base in Kosovo, Lt. Barbara Balanzoni took the initiative to rescue a pregnant stray cat that was suffering from complications during the delivery of her litter -- successfully saving the animal's life and the life of her kittens. But instead of commending the reservists for her quick-thinking and good stewardship, her superior officers hit her with charges of disobedience.
Commanders alleged that the medic violated protocol requiring animals only be treated by army veterinarians. Balanzoni argued that since no vets were on base, it was her duty to help.