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Flora the rescue kitten sports a Warwick Academy tie after she was rescued by a group of pupils and adopted by a staff member (Photograph supplied)

A kitten found injured and abandoned near a private school has been saved by pupils and staff.

Now Flora, a tortoiseshell kitten found on the Warwick Academy grounds, has become an honorary pupil after she was adopted by a member of staff.

Wendy Madeiros, the creative marketing director at Warwick Academy and Flora’s new owner, said: “When I met her, she was being cuddled by six or seven surrogate mums.

“So many members of staff were cuddling her – she was resting after we got her lunch from Lindo’s.

“Another group of students came into the office to see her and they were all holding their hearts in their hands.

“Everyone just fell in love with her.”

Flora the Cat, who had been rescued by Warwick Academy pupils and adopted by a member of staff (Photograph supplied)

The kitten’s rescue coincided with a week of celebrations to honour Olympic gold medal winner Flora Duffy, a former pupil at the school, and she was named after the Tokyo Games star.

Ms Madeiros said that Flora was given a miniature school tie and wore it for the school’s spirit day – a celebration of the school – yesterday.

She added: “She’s a huge Warwick Academy supporter as one can see from the tie, and she’s very grateful to everybody there.

“Margo Mulder-Powell, who’s an alumnus of the school, dropped the tie off and thought it would be perfect for Flora to wear for our Salute Day.”

Flora was found limping near bushes next to the school’s basketball court on Thursday by a group of Year 10 pupils.

The youngsters alerted Gary McCullough, the school’s head of facilities, who captured the kitten and brought her inside.

Ms Madeiros said that the school contacted one of the parents, a vet from CedarTree Vets in Devonshire.

A checkup showed that Flora was about six to eight weeks old and had a broken right foreleg.

Flora, a kitten rescued by Warwick Academy pupils and adopted by a member of staff (Photograph supplied)

Ms Madeiros said that Flora’s mother, who could not be found, probably abandoned her because of her injury.

She added that Flora was operated on last Saturday to reset the bone.

Ms Madeiros said took Flora home because she and her husband had owned four cats, but all had now died.

She added that it was “absolutely fantastic” that she had got another pet cat.

Ms Madeiros said: “When I met Flora, she reminded me a bit of one of our past cats named Mango, so adopting her was just easy.”

She added: “Her personality is just so sweet and she seems grateful.

“She’s very smart – she checks out everything and likes to look around.

“We try to keep her calm but she still tries to run around.

“We keep catching her in random spots and think ‘oh my gosh, how did you get up there?’”

“But she’s just so calm and sweet and just extra special.”

Flora the kitten, rescued by Warwick Academy pupils and adopted by a member of staff (Photograph supplied)
Flora the kitten, rescued by Warwick Academy pupils and adopted by a member of staff (Photograph supplied)

This story incorrectly identified Wendy Madeiros as Cindy Madeiros and has been corrected.

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Published October 27, 2021 at 7:44 am (Updated October 27, 2021 at 11:47 am)

Hurt kitten rescued and named after Flora Duffy

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