A CAT has adopted five chicks in China - and is living with them in a birdcage.

Owner Li Tongfa, of Qingdao, northern China’s Shandong Province, said the unusual family had been living together for two weeks. The unlikely relationship began when he left the door of the birdcage open and the cat clambered in.

“I kept shooing her away from the birdcage because I was worried that she would eat the chicks but she seems to love them very much,” he said. “So now I just leave the cat in the cage with the chicks and she just seems to want to play with them.” Li added that the chicks seemed to welcome the cat, jumping all over her when she climbs in the cage.                –WO