This tiny pinked-nosed kitten is lucky to be alive after coming within inches of being crushed to death at a Northern California recycling plant.
Tony Miranda, a loader operator at Cal-Waste Recovery Systems in the town of Galt, said the kitten apparently survived a ride in a dump truck on Tuesday before a tractor pushed the him onto a conveyer belt.
Then, somehow, the kitten was spotted on the packed conveyer belt. "He almost didn't make it," Miranda told KCRA-TV.
Miranda was able to pluck the kitten off the belt just in time before it was dumped in a compactor.
"We put so much material in here and we run so much stuff through it," Miranda told the station. "It's just amazing to see a little kitty survive through all this."
The kitten not only found a second chance at life, but a new home after a co-worker adopted him. His new name? Murphy.
One man's trash, truly recycled.
Jason Wells is deputy news director for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.
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