A Russian street cat whose paws froze to the pavement beneath a parked car thawed the hearts of a passing couple – who returned the favor using a few buckets of warm water.
Life's tough on the streets of Zlatoust, Russia, especially in the winter when temperatures drop to well below the freezing point at night. What's a poor stray cat to do? One such feline thought it found a warm refuge beneath a recently parked car but such solace was fleeting: by morning the kitty was stuck fast to the pavement after the slush it had settled in froze solid.
When the owner of the parked car drove off, the immobilized cat was was fully exposed to the view of other creatures. Its life depended on who would get there first: a predator, another car or a kind couple out for an early morning stroll. Luckily it was the latter: two young Russians equipped with a camera phone and a LOT of compassion.
Having discerned all four of the cat's paws were frozen to the ground, the couple set about gently freeing it from its overnight resting place. As can be seen in this video, the woman brought multiple buckets of warm water to the scene while the man helped to work each paw free while filming the rescue. It's amazing how calm, cool and collected the cat is throughout the process. Since being posted to YouTube by Programs and Special Projects on December 1st, 2016 the video has racked up over 2 million views!
As for the fluffy freed feline, we'll quote the rescuer: “Called a vet. He gave it anti-inflammatory medicine. The cat is young, 7-9 months (according to the vet). By the evening he started to walk. In three days I posted an announcement in social media and a girl from our town picked him up. He's been living with her for a week now – everything's fine – he jumps – he runs.” He likely won't be snoozing under any more cars, either. Live and learn, young cat, live and learn!