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Kittens rescued from oil spill in Nefteyugansk

By The Siberian Times reporter
09 July 2015

Residents 'heartless' to abandon animals when oil leaked into floodwater.

The young animals were victims of a recent serious spill in Nefteyugansk. Picture: Anatoly Tuptey

Two tiny kittens plucked to safety after almost drowning in oil graphically highlight concerns over pollution from a ruptured pipelines in a Siberian region. The young animals were victims of a recent serious spill in Nefteyugansk, which the authorities and oil workers have been seeking to clear up since last month. 

A local resident Anatoly Tuptey - who was working on fighting the spread of oil in floodwater from from Ob River - said he heard to plaintive cries of the kittens near a dacha (country house) hit by the pollution.

'My soul could not stand the cries, I went to see,' he said. 'You never know what is going on, I had to check.

Kittens rescued


Kittens rescued


Kittens rescued

'I went after them. I was up to my waist in the oil. The ground was giving way, my wading boots were full of water mixed with oil, but I didn't care.' Pictures: Anatoly Tuptey

'I waded as far as possible in big boots and discovered a terrible sight. In the flooded house a wooden board was floating, with these two kittens clinging on for their lives with their paws. One was up to its neck in the oil.

'Without hesitation I went after them. I was up to my waist in the oil. The ground was giving way, my wading boots were full of water mixed with oil, but I didn't care.

'I was rushing to save the kittens. I picked them up, hugged them, and carried them to the shore, where I wrapped them in a T-shirt to warm them up.'

Oil was clogged on their fur, but they are gradually recovering after the shocking experience. A later picture from rescuer Anatoly - now nicknamed 'Baywatch' by his friends, shows one of the kittens playing with his dog. 

Kittens rescued


Kittens rescued


Kittens rescued


Kittens rescued

A later picture from rescuer Anatoly shows one of the kittens playing with his dog. Picture: Anatoly Tuptey

'A few days earlier I rescued people and equipment when a boat overturned, this day it was kittens.'

Anatoly posted pictures as he held the kittens which were close to death. He said people were 'heartless' for abandoning their pets in the flood. In the same area, oil has been spewing from domestic water taps. 

The eco-tragedy followed a pipe rupture. Dramatic pictures showed the scale of the damage in an area close to the city of  123,000 people in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Region. 

The Ob was anyway flooded when the spill occurred on 23 June and the key damage is to an area already underwater. 

Floodwater from Ob River is black from spill as emergency workers flight to limit damage.


Floodwater from Ob River is black from spill as emergency workers flight to limit damage.


Floodwater from Ob River is black from spill as emergency workers flight to limit damage.


Floodwater from Ob River is black from spill as emergency workers flight to limit damage.


Floodwater from Ob River is black from spill as emergency workers flight to limit damage.

Dramatic pictures showed the scale of the damage in an area close to the city of  123,000 people in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Region. Pictures:Andrey Seleznyov, Znak.com

The pipeline is run by RN-Yuganskneftegas Ltd, part of the Rosneft energy giant, which said on Monday it 'engaged all the necessary measures to eliminate the spill of oil-containing liquid'.

The company said its actions had 'prevented' oil reaching the main river, the seventh longest in the world. Critics say that oil companies in Russia should be given harsher penalties as an incentive to prevent spills. 

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Comments (13)

Thank you for your selfless actions Anatoly you are a true man with a heart of gold.
Christine Outtram Boulton , Norfolk UK
01/05/2016 16:09
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Anatoly, I salute you. The world needs more good people like you! Hope you and yours thrive together.
Richard Connell, Ottawa, Canada
19/11/2015 03:27
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It is a fight that we must win, good must prevail. Way cool but it isn't over yet keep on with it your thinking is in the right place.
Brett C., Los Angeles usa
06/10/2015 15:11
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God bless u Anatoly
Suh,
04/10/2015 15:45
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You are an angel Anatoly, and truly a savior to those sweet babies! We were in a position to rescue a very young kitten a couple of months ago but the circumstances were much less dire. Bless you and thank you for being so selfless and caring, the world needs more people lIke you!
Sharon Kraffert, Escondido, California
30/09/2015 05:22
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You're a kind and great person Anatoly, people like you are the real hero's of the world :)
Rhys, Australia
11/09/2015 18:06
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Great what you did, you are a real hero thanks.
martin, the netherlands
14/07/2015 01:53
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I would like to repeat all the "thank yous that you have received. You will have so much fun with your little family.
Zsanine, Burbank, Calif.
12/07/2015 03:37
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Hello Dear Anatoly Tuptey.
Thank you for rescuing the poor kittens. That is how a real Hero Acts :) I hope they all will get a good Life after their very Traumatic Experience :) :) :)
guri-kristine mundal, norway
11/07/2015 23:50
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Thank you many times over for saving the kittens. All of the oil should be left in the ground or by the next century we will be running out of clean water.
GRACE NEFF, Albany, Or. United States
11/07/2015 05:10
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I thank you from the bottom of my heart for risking your life to save these two beautiful kittens! It looks like your dog likes them also! You are such a good person for helping others! Bless you for your kindness!
Gerry Pinion, Stillwater, OK
11/07/2015 03:56
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My soul thanks your soul, Anatoly. May you and your adorable kittens have long and happy lives together.
Daisy Buchanan, Seattle, Washington, USA
11/07/2015 02:58
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Thank you Anatoly for saving lives!
Gumi, Austria
10/07/2015 16:12
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