A man who took the time to check a 'little ball of wool' frozen to a snowy sidewalk has been repaid with the lifelong love of a beautiful (though now tail-less) cat.
As millions of North Americans suffer through a heat wave capable of frying eggs on the pavement – don't try that, btw, it leaves a smelly mess – let's not forget winter's iron grip on Russia, a place where sub-zero conditions and gale-force winds conspire to freeze tiny kittens to the sidewalk. What, you think we're full of er, hyperbole? One kind Russian man can attest to this, and he's got the thawed-out but thriving cat to back him up!
“Slava” was returning home from work on foot, hunched over with eyes cast downward to avoid the sleet-laden gusts. His posture proved fortunate when he noticed what appeared to be “a little ball of wool” on the sidewalk. “Something was telling me that this can be a little animal that needs help”, explained Slava.
A closer look revealed the woolly mass to be a half-frozen and very frightened kitten, so stiff from exposure it wasn't able to run away. Slava wasn't able to leave, either, stating “I covered it in a blanket and took with myself.” Once back at his home, Slava set the shivering kitten down beside a radiator and after a while, her shivers turned to purrs.
You can pretty much guess the rest of the story: the kitten, named “Nika” by her rescuer, became a permanent part of Slava's family. She shows no signs of the trauma that once nearly took her life... well, except for her tail, most of which had to be amputated due to frostbite. (via English Russia)