Rescue
Man Saves "Oily" Kittens, Gives Them A Brand-New Home
Britanie Leclair
03.01.18

Back in 2015, the Nefteyugansk area of Russia experienced a devastating oil spill that rampaged the neighboring communities. A key pipeline had ruptured and oil rushed into the Ob waters, polluting everything in its wake.

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We all know that oil spills are dangerous to the environment, but it presents a set of unique challenges to marine animals. When oil spills into water, it sits on top, creating a shiny, black layer. The animals are essentially trapped beneath it, and if they emerge above the water, they will subsequently be covered in black grime.

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Andrey Seleznyov/Siberian Times

Anatoly Tuptey is a loving young man who was helping in the animal rescue efforts. He knew the animals couldn’t help themselves, and he was willing to go the extra mile. While Tuptey was clearing animals from the devastation of the oil spill, he heard meowing coming from the area of an abandoned country house.

“My soul could not stand the cries,” Tuptey told The Siberian Times. “I went to see. You never know what is going on. I had to check.”

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Andrey Seleznyov/Siberian Times

The handsome man made his way to the country house and was shocked by the what he saw.

“I waded as far as possible in big boots and discovered a terrible sight.”

“In the flooded house a wooden board was floating, with these kittens clinging on for their lives with their paws. One was up to its neck in the oil.”

Tuptey was heartbroken seeing these two little kittens struggle to keep themselves afloat. The oil was flooding the house, but he knew he had to save them.

“Without hesitation, I went after them,” he said. “I was up to my waist in the oil. The ground was giving way, my wading boots were full of water mixed with oil, but I didn’t care.”

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Anatoly Tuptey/Siberian Times

The man rushed into the oily abyss, scooping up the kittens and ultimately saving their lives.

“I picked them up, hugged them, and carried them to the shore, where I wrapped them with a T-shirt to warm them up.”

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Anatoly Tuptey/Siberian Times

Although the poor kittens had gone through a lot, after a quick clean, they were as good as new.

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Anatoly Tuptey/Siberian Times

After the babies were rescued, it looks like they found a loving home with their rescuer. Photos show one of the babies playing with Tuptey’s dog.

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By Britanie Leclair
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Britanie Leclair is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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