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I'm a Veterinary Nurse, and one morning a man came to the surgery to ask what to feed a kitten. It turned out he worked in a scrap yard. Yesterday a car had been brought in and that evening they heard crying from the engine. When they looked they found 3 tiny kittens who were covered in battery acid and had to be put down. The next morning the car was due to be crushed and was lifted by the crane when the driver heard loud distressed cries. He immediately stopped and they found another kitten who was covered in oil but otherwise ok.

At this point I had no idea how old so asked if they could bring the baby in. When they did I realised he couldn't be more than about 10 days old. He was black with oil & I've never heard such a loud cry from a tiny baby. We bathed him to find a tabby coat, weighed him at 85g and fed him. He immediately settled and slept. The man who found him wanted to keep him but couldn't hand rear him, so it was agreed, I would and when he was old enough the man would take him. I got so attached. He slept in a basket by my bed for 3 weeks, and came to work with me. We weren't apart until he began to wean, and then only for a few hours each shift. The man came to visit regularly and as the time to hand over got close he realised how attached I was and asked if I would like to keep him, and 'Munchie' became a permanent addition to my cat family. He was special & I was always his mummy who could do anything to him without argument. Sadly I only had him until he was 8 - he developed cushings disease (rare in cats) and I had another 8 months before it finally got him. I think about him and miss him every day but know how lucky he was surviving that first night in the scrap yard.

Kersty Ellis
Basildon, United Kingdom

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