When Wesley T. Monkey was born, the cat earned his surname thanks to his mischievous behavior and penchant for climbing his way into trouble. Now, two years later, his fearlessness and extroverted behavior have made him much loved among the animals living at Indraloka Animal Sanctuary in Mehoopany, Pennsylvania. It's a love Wesley continually returns, as he displayed recently when he comforted one of his friends, Penny the cow, in her dying days.
Wesley comforts Penny with purrs and cuddles in her final hours. (Photo: Johnny Braz/Indraloka Animal Sanctuary)
According to the sanctuary's founder, Indra Lahiri, Wesley stayed with Penny for hours, purring at her side and "massaging" her with his paws. Wesley was there until Penny's last breath, comforting his friend when she needed it most.
The cat's behavior may some strange to some, but to those who know him, it's just all part of what makes Wesley special. Indraloka Animal Sanctuary is a sort of retirement home for farm animals that have nowhere else to go. Wesley is one of about 100 cats living at the sanctuary along with pigs, cows, goats, geese and lots of other animals, but he is by far the one with the biggest personality.
"All the other animals love him," Lahiri told The Dodo. "He's really just very popular."
So what does the "T" stand for in Wesley T. Monkey?
And that makes Wesley's full name, Wesley The Monkey — a spunky name for a fun-loving, spunky cat.