This abandoned little kitten named Ugli was found wandering the streets, and every time people saw him they’d to shy away from him because he looked ugly and sick. One man took pity on the poor thing and shared his love with Ugly before he died in his arms.
The kitten called ugly loved nothing more than eat, fight, and love. Ugli spent his whole life outside and his colorful life took more than its toll. To start with, he had only one eye, and where the other should have been was a gaping hole He’s also missing his ear on the same side, his left foot has appeared to have been badly broken at one time. And he had healed at an unnatural angle, making him look like he was always turning the corner. His tail has long since been lost, leaving a tiny stump which he would constantly jerk and twist.
Every time someone saw Ugly there was the same reaction. “That’s one UGLY cat!!” All the children were warned not to touch him, the adults threw rocks at him, hosed him down, squirted him when he tried to come into their homes or shut his paws in the door when he would not leave. The kitten, however, never fought back. He just stood there and looked at everyone with his tiny eye. He would curl up on people’s shoes and ask to be pet.
Whenever he saw children, he would come running meowing and b.u.m.p his head against their hands, begging for their love. If you picked him up, he immediately began suckling on your shirt, or ears, whatever he could find.
One day Ugli shared his love with the neighbor’s huskies. They did not respond kindly, and Ugli was badly mauled. From my apartment, I could hear his screams, and I tried to rush to his aid. By the time I got to where he was laying, it was apparent Ugli’s sad life was almost at an end.
At that moment I thought Ugli was the most beautiful, loving creature I had ever seen. Even though he was in so much pain, covered in wounds, the battle-scarred cat was only asking for one thing: a little bit of affection. Never once did he try to bite or scratch me, or run away from me. Ugli just looked up at me, trusting me to relieve his pain. Ugly died in my arms before I could bring him inside but I sat there and ʜᴇʟᴅ him for a long time.
Ugli taught me more about giving and compassion than a thousand books ever could.