Just an ordinary bike ride in the mountains of Japan until …
When a motorcyclist learned what was inside the cardboard box he spotted, he knew exactly what he had to do.
There are a lot of beautiful sights you might see on an excursion up into these mountains. Depending on the route you take, you can expect forests of green-leafed trees, expansive views of the towns below, or maybe a even fresh waterfall or beautiful sunset if you’re lucky.
But on one of his rides, Japanese YouTube user and motorcycle enthusiast Warosumen discover something much sadder. While making his way down one of his favorite wooded back-roads, he stumbled upon a cardboard box in the underbrush. Curious as to why such a thing was left in this remote part of the forest, he approached it to find a tiny kitten working its way through a hole that had been punched in the lid.
But the box had more than just one occupant. Inside Warosumen discovered five more, bringing the number of “discarded” kitties to six.
▼ Note: Synthesized narration, like the kind you will hear in the video, is commonly used by Japanese YouTubers who wish to maintain a degree of anonymity and/or are self-conscious about the sound of their own voice.
As Warosumen points out in his video, the way in which the cats were abandoned was particularly heartless, as it’s not like this is a road on which enough people are passing by that one could have reasonably expected someone to stumble across these kittens and save them.
▼ Can you believe someone would just throw this little guy away?
Luckily, Warosumen discovered the box when he did, but now he was faced with another dilemma. Since he was on a motorcycle, it wasn’t like he could just toss the cats in his backseat or trunk. He considered riding back home and coming back in his car, but worried the cats might have been gone when he returned (as one does at the video’s 2:08 mark) and meet their demisejust before he could return.
So in order to move them to a safe place as soon as he could, he did the only thing he could by putting them into his shoulder bag, zipping it closed, and riding back with his count them, six feline passengers.
▼ A snug fit, but still better off than where they were a few moments ago.
Luckily, Warosumen knows a thing or two about taking care of animals, as he owns a dog owner himself. Once he arrived back home, he let the cats out of the bag and supplied all of them with water and food (a bowl of his dog’s kibble, the closest thing to cat food he had on hand) as they began to adjust to their new accommodations.
Sadly, the ordeal the kittens had already gone through had weakened one of the six enough so badly that it did not survive. Of the remaining five, though, some have been placed with loving families and other others in the care of animal welfare groups.
Warosumen certainly need to be commended for his quick-thinking and kindness, and if any of you would like to be a similar hero to woefully under-appreciated animals, contact your local shelter or organization such as Neco Republic, about adoption procedures.
Warosumen, you certainly are a hero.