Kitten saved seconds before being tossed into incinerator
A pet cat thrown out with the rubbish had a lucky escape after bin men heard its cries for help minutes before it was due to be put in an incinerator.
The workers in Stockholm in Sweden were unloading food waste from their truck when they heard the sounds of a distressed cat.
Checking in the truck's holding compartment, the two men were unable to see the kitten and called a colleague Bekir Mercil to help their search.
Refusing to give up, the three bin men spent more than 30 minutes shifting through five tonnes of rotting food before they found the pet buried inside.
“We had a shovel to remove the waste as carefully as we could without doing any harm, and a broom to try to get the kitten out,” Mr Mercil told the Swedish newspaper The Local.
“Otherwise it would have headed for the incinerator, and you can just imagine what would have happened.
“When it was free, it just spurted out of the truck, totally covered in grease.
It trembled like a leaf, it was so scared and tired," he added.
A staff member from the veterinary clinic in Vallentuna, Sweden, decided to adopt him.
The cat — who is now named Melker — was surprisingly in a good health, but in dire need of a long shower, said new owner Maria Carlsson.
Mr Mercil added: ''It's a lovely cat as well - if we didn't already have two dogs we would have taken it for ourselves but thankfully there's a home out there for him already.”