All babies are adorable, but Dion absolutely adored this one. He fed and played with it meticulously. A bit like a solo dad; a surrogate dad anyway. All responsibility for care somehow seemed to have gone to him.
The mother had been killed by a car soon after giving birth. It was a poignant reminder to Dion of the fragility of life. The life of the mother continued in some way in the life of her baby.
Besides, Dion had always wanted a pet cat.