Kitten in Plymouth bin saved from crusher by dustbinmen
A THREE-week old kitten which somehow found its way into a wheelie bin in Plymouth was saved from being crushed at the last minute by binmen who heard it crying.
The kitten was in a bin in Plymouth collected by a Devon waste firm, and had been emptied with waste into a recycling truck.
But luckily, as the truck’s blades fired into action, Adam and Logan, the two men on the round, heard her tiny cries.
They immediately stopped the crusher and the little cat fell out from its jaws. They took the terrified creature back to their depot at Sowton Industrial Estate, where she has been adopted by all of the staff.
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“She is absolutely gorgeous,” said Donna Cook, from the company. “She is really lucky to be alive. I cannot believe anyone can be so cruel as to throw a kitten into a bin. They must have known she would have been crushed to death.
“What a terrifying ordeal to put a little creature through. If they didn’t want her, they could have taken her to a rescue centre – not just throw her in a bin and leave her to die.”
She said Exeter-based Logan and Adam had been doing their round near Plymouth, when they emptied the bin.
“They could not believe it when they heard the kitten cry and were really relieved when she fell out unharmed,” Donna added.
“When they got back to the depot at Exeter we had a good look through the rest of the contents from the truck to check she did not have any siblings with her. I took her to the vet to get her checked over and considering her ordeal she is doing really well. He said she was three weeks old.
“She is being fed special kitten milk from a tiny bottle every four hours and is getting stronger each day. She really is a lovely little cat.”
The kitten, who still does not have a name, is being looked after by Devon Contract Waste managing director Simon Almond and his wife Anne-Marie and their daughters, who are taking it in turns to do the nightly four-hour feeds.
They are still stuck for a name for the kitten and will be happy to hear suggestions from Echo readers. Send your ideas to email@example.com