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Cat Saved from Garbage Plant is Now Called ‘Deputy Environment Minister’ [Video]



  • A worker at a Russian waste-sorting facility saved a cat from certain death when he plucked a garbage bag containing the cat from a moving conveyor belt.
  • The region’s Environment Minister heard of the cat’s rescue and decided to adopt him, bestowing him the new honorary title of “deputy environment minister.”
  • The minister implored everyone to be responsible for their pets and entrust them to others if they find themselves no longer able to take care of them.

People can have the weirdest stuff in their garbage. But the employees at a Russian waste-sorting facility never expected to come upon a living cat!

The cat was in a trash bag on a moving conveyor belt — and was heading toward the trash separator where it could’ve died, Reuters reported. Fortunately, a worker got a hold of the cat and saved it from a tragic end.

In the video below, you can see the moment Mikhail Tukash retrieves the bag and opens it to reveal a black-and-white cat.

Tukash told the tabloid Moskovsky Komsomolets, “I felt something soft inside the bag. I cut the bag open slightly and I saw eyes looking back at me.”

The cat’s rescue made headlines and caught the attention of the Ulyanovsk region’s Environment Minister Gulnara Rakhmatulina, who adopted him.

The office of the ministry said that the cat was saved in the nick of time: “The cat was on the brink of death. A little longer and it would have ended up in the trash separator.”

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The cat was luckily in good health despite the near-death ordeal, a vet confirmed.

Now, the cat is living his best life as the region’s “deputy environment minister.” His new owner, actual Environment Minister Rakhmatulina, bestowed him his new honorary title.

His favorite spot at the moment is a chair in his new family’s office, where he’s often found to be napping.

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The cat’s name will be decided after a nationwide naming contest, according to the Reuters report.

Rakhmatulina implored everyone: “I want to appeal to pet owners: Remember that you are responsible for those you have tamed. If you can’t keep your pet at home, you can always leave it in good hands or at a shelter.”

Source: Daily Paws