January 01, 2021

That's Mr. Cat to You


That's Mr. Cat to You
This cat was saved at the last moment. Screen shot from TACC via Twitter

A Russian cat featured in a viral video has gotten paw up in life: rescued from a trash compactor, it was awarded a government position.

The cat in question, still unnamed, was rescued by Mikhail Tukash as he worked at a trash sorting facility in Ulyanovsk. Tukash’s main task is to open bags and look for metal; as he told local television, “The cat wasn’t meowing and the bag wasn’t moving… I needed to cut the bag to screen it for metals. I was just doing my job.” Tukash has since been recognized by the Ulyanovsk region’s Environmental Affairs Ministry, which said the cat was “on the brink of death.” Veterinarians have examined the cat and found him healthy and well, and determined that he is most likely a domestic cat.

The ministry named the cat Honorary Deputy in Charge of Wildlife Protection. A contest is now underway to give the cat a name. According to Minister Gulnara Rakhmatulina, “We’re taking the cat to our ministry and all employees will take responsibility for it.”

Meow.

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