January 12, 2017 3:14 pm
Updated: January 12, 2017 3:19 pm

Garbagemen rescue ‘gorgeous little’ kitten from New Brunswick snowbank

Ajax the kitten recovers in Fredericton in a handout photo. Two garbagemen are being hailed for rescuing a frozen, urine-soaked kitten from a rural snowbank.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-CARMA Cat Rescue-Allison Christensen
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Two garbagemen are being hailed for rescuing a frozen, urine-soaked kitten from a rural snowbank.

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Leland Nason and a co-workers were collecting trash in Minto, N.B., on Tuesday when they passed what they thought was a dead cat, said Sue Knight, of CARMA Cat Rescue in Fredericton.

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“They thought it was dead, it’s so cold out there,” Knight said.

“On the way back, Leland saw the head move. So he got his companion to stop, they backed the truck up, and got out and sure enough, the kitten was alive.”

The kitten was lying in its own frozen urine, stuck to the snowbank, she said. It could not have made its own way there, she said.

“Leland managed to dig it out, put it in his jacket,” she said. “The kitten really responded to him, wanted the loving.”

Nason did not return a phone call Thursday. But Knight said the men went to a store for food, where they heard about CARMA, and a local volunteer rushed the kitten to Fredericton an hour away.

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It arrived flea-ridden, its ears stuffed with ear mites and with the pads of its paws possibly frostbitten.

But it is on painkillers and appears to be making a splendid recovery, said Knight. It has been named Ajax.

“He’s a gorgeous little kitten, just adores being loved and hugged and purrs,” Knight said.

“Those paws are so tender, he has difficulty standing on them. Other than that, he’s just a love bug. Just a love bug.”

The rescue agency said 11 people have expressed interest in adopting Ajax.

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