A barely 2 to 3 week old kitten, who bears a striking resemblance to baby Yoda in the Star Wars series, has been rescued at the last minute from a wildfire raging in northern California.
Firefighters found the feline in the middle of the road as they battled the fire that caused extensive damage on September 20.
The kitten was covered in smoke and ash when it was taken to the Cal Oak animal shelter, the North Valley Animal Disaster Group said on Facebook. The shelter named him, unsurprisingly, Baby Yoda.
“Last night her foster home said she was doing great,” North Valley vice president Norm Rosene told CNN. “Baby Yoda will have no problem finding a home.”
Rosene added that the shelter has been inundated with requests from people interested in adopting her.
The rescue group is waiting at least a month after residents displaced by the fires claim the recovered pets before offering them up for adoption. Animals found or missing in the fire are listed on the Pet Harbor website.
“We give residents time to return to some semblance of normal life before claiming their animals,” said Norm Rosene. “Who knows, Baby Yoda’s parents may be looking for him and waiting to get him back,” he adds.
More than 70 major wildfires are decimating the western United States, and drought, high winds, dry vegetation and above-normal temperatures are making the blazes worse.