Two abandoned kittens, one grey and one black and white, were trapped inside a holiday home in Nefteyugansk, Siberia, next to the Ob River one of the world’s longest. They were entirely surrounded by a massive slick of thick, black oil which had leaked from a ruptured oil pipe managed by RN-Yuganskneftegas Ltd, part of the Rosneft energy giant. The kittens were certain to die unless rescued and were crying for help.
‘My soul could not stand the cries, I went to see,’ he said
A local man, Anatoly Tuptey, who was engaged in trying to stop the spread of the oil heard the kitten’s cries. He had to find out what was happening and if possible help.
He waded into thick oily water up to his waist and successfully rescued the kittens. They were covered in oil. The rest of the story is all good news. He cleaned them up (I hope that there is no internal damaged due to ingesting oil) and introduced them to his dog! They seem to be getting on fine.
It appears that oil pollution on this vast scale in Siberia is a ongoing problem partly because the authorities don’t punish the big oil companies for negligence when damaging the environment.
The Russians have a poor history of environmental damaged by large companies due to sloppy workmanship and bad policies.
Siberia is the place of origin of the Siberian purebred cat.