When disaster strikes, pets are sometimes the hardest hit since many tragically get left behind as their owners flee for their lives.
After an oil pipeline ruptured in Russia and devastated surrounding communities near the Ob River, there were serious issues like oil and sludge in drinking water for months after the spill first occurred and many decided to abandon their homes since it wasn’t safe.
Others from the communities thankfully decided to get to work and make their homes safe again by working to clear some of the oil. While working one day, local man Anatoly Tuptey heard faint cries coming from inside a flooded house and couldn’t ignore it. “My soul could not stand the cries, I went to see,” he said. “You never know what is going on, I had to check.”
“I waded in as far as possible in big boots and discovered a terrible sight,” Tuptey went on. “In the flooded house a wooden board was floating, with these two kittens clinging on for their lives with their paws. One was up to its neck in oil. Without hesitation, I went after them. I was up to my waist in oil. The ground was giving way, my wading boots were full of water mixed with oil, but I didn’t care.”
Tuptey carried the babies to safety, cleaned them from the oil, and then brought them home to meet their new brother, Tuptey’s German Shepherd, who welcomed them right away. “A few days earlier I rescued people and equipment when a boat overturned, this day it was kittens,” said Tuptley, who called the kitten’s owner’s heartless for leaving them to die in the sludge.
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[Features image: Siberian Times]