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Garbage man rescues kitten from trash compactor

In a viral TikTok video, a garbage collector rescues three kittens he found in the garbage, prompting a surge of support from viewers.

“Well here we come with a garbage man’s chronicles,” says Terry, user @turboterry77, while reaching into the garbage pile behind his garbage truck to pull out a crying kitten.

He goes back to get another meowing kitten from the garbage heap. “That’s why I’m checking it again. There’s another one.”

The TikToker says in the caption that it pulled out a total of three kittens. In the video, he was seen putting the dirt-covered animals on the passenger seat.

@turboterry77 things you find in the trash! You shouldn’t find this in the trash!! Total 3 found! 😡#catrescue #savethekitten #kittensaved #rescued #rescueanimals #rescuekitten #rescuecat ♬ Original sound – TURBOTERRY77

His first video, shared on May 10th, received over 12.7 million views and both shock and praise from fellow TikTok users.

“Thank you for doing this, such a lovely act,” wrote one user.

“I get sick to my stomach. Thanks for saving her,” said another.

“Trash pickup is such an underrated job. Thanks for being awesome,” wrote a third viewer.

In a comment, Terry said animals get thrown in the trash more often than people think. “Unfortunately, that often happens. It is not often that one hears of them being saved,” he wrote.

In a follow-up video, Terry shared the full story.

He reiterates that situations like this are common. “Sometimes it’s on purpose. Sometimes it’s an accident. Sometimes you just never know what the situation was like,” he says.

He says he’s not sure which house the kittens came from as he didn’t find them right away. In this case, he could not report who abandoned the animals.

@turboterry77 part 3 story time!#catrescue #savethekitten #kittensaved #rescued #rescueanimals #rescuekitten #rescuekitten #rescuecat ♬ Original sound – TURBOTERRY77

Continuing the story, Terry says he was on the phone with one of his colleagues when he heard a high-pitched, muffled noise that sounded like “a smoke detector underwater.” Then he noticed a bag moving and knew there must be an animal in the trash.

After finding the three kittens, he said he searched the back of the truck extensively to make sure he found them all. He even parked the truck to see if he heard any more noise.

After delivering the kittens to the Humane Society of Lebanon County, Terry says they are now in foster care. They live with a mother cat who also has a kitten of about the same age that she adopted as her own, he notes.

He added in the comments that their names are Ginger, Cinnamon, and Clover.

“I shouldn’t get so much attention for something that should never have happened,” he says. “You guys are heroes just like me,” he continues, thanking viewers for their support and donations.

Terry also urged viewers to donate to the humane society and included a link to donate in his bio.


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*Initial publication: May 21, 2022 3:46 pm CDT

Laiken Neumann

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