A kitten has escaped imminent death at a recycling factory, located in Galt, California, after being noticed by a worker as it was being transported on a conveyor belt.
The incident took place on Tuesday, December 15, at a plant pertaining to Cal-Waste Recovery Systems, a company which provides waste management services (collection and recycling) to individuals and corporations.
Tony Miranda, who works as a loader operator at the Northern California facility, situated south of Sacramento, was carrying out his usual tasks consisting in separating and sorting waste, when he made an alarming discovery.
A tiny striped feline had ventured in the factory, and was now about to be fatally crushed by a compressor, as it was rapidly approaching it on a conveyor belt.
Initially, Miranda hadn’t even spotted the young creature, given the fact that the fast-moving belt was filled with different types of debris, which had trapped the small animal underneath.
The worker managed to rescue the kitten just as it was about to reach the deadly spinning wheels of the compactor, which could’ve torn it to pieces.
Miranda made sure that the creature, smaller than his own hands, was indeed safe and sound, and kept it away from the rest of the recycling machinery, as he completed his schedule.
Shift supervisor Heather Garcia soon received news that an actual live cat had almost been trampled by compressors at her factory, and was curious to see the kitten which had managed to survive such a life-threatening experience.
Upon gazing at the tiny bundle of fur, Garcia instantly decided that she would adopt the adorable white-pawed animal, and even chose a fitting name for it.
While “Murphy” may sound relatively ordinary at first, it actually comes from “Material Recovery Facility” (MRF), and is the nickname commonly used by workers so as to refer to the recycling center.
The tabby cat received a thorough medical check up at a veterinary clinic, where physicians came to the conclusion that the recently adopted pet is in full health, and hasn’t sustained any injuries, despite having gone through such a traumatizing event.
While it’s unclear exactly how Murph managed to gain access into the Cal-Waste Recovery Systems plant, Miranda believes that the kitten remained stranded in a dump truck which transported it there.
Afterwards, the miniature pet somehow reached a conveyor belt travelling upwards, from which it plunged, reaching the second rolling belt, transporting closer and closer to the compactor, where it was eventually glimpsed by the factory operator.
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