Coconut was a blind and deaf semi-feral cat. He looked beautiful but awful. He was messed up. He must have had a terrible time surviving on the streets of Boston. His deafness and blindness (it was assessed that he could see shadows) made him defensive and aggressive.
This is quite understandable but it made his rescue and rehabilitation extremely problematic. It is quite probable that the deafness and blindness originate in his glittering but dirty white coat (the genes that cause white coats cause deafness too). It looks like he could have been born with these disabilities. All the more reason to admire him.
Enter stage left: Joni Nelson, founder of the organization Boston’s Forgotten Felines. She is definitely a fine woman with a tender heart and a bottomless pit of patience and optimism.
With patience and commitment she rescued him. She took him to a veterinarian. Coconut had a urinary tract infection, ear mites, limping, chronic diarrhea, and he was filthy. His attitude was very difficult. Joni said:
He was very difficult to feed. He would never look up but sure would lash out when I opened his cage (she was bitten twice quite badly as I understand it)
To cut a long journey short he was cleaned up and patched up. Joni was advised to have him euthanized. She never gave up on him and she was right.
He has a foster carer to care for him. He came out of his shell and the aggression melted away as he gained trust in humans. Now look at what a cracking good cat he is. So handsome.
Ashley Ward, a second foster mom, said:
Coconut is really a sweetheart. Every time I walk into the room, he hobbles over to me to get pets…As soon I start petting him he is instantly purring. He will curl up right next to your side and snuggle his head under your arm so that you can pet him..