Fireman Saves Kiten
September 25, 2013 4:58 PM   Subscribe

Fireman Saves Kitten, captured with a GoPro. (SLYT)
posted by kbanas (78 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
 
We need SLGP at this point.
posted by nathancaswell at 5:01 PM on September 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


I think my ovaries just exploded.
posted by leesh at 5:02 PM on September 25, 2013 [9 favorites]


GoPro went through 15 kittens before they got a good take.
posted by planetesimal at 5:04 PM on September 25, 2013 [75 favorites]


I had mixed feelings about posting it, because it's obviously being used as a piece of advertising or whatever, but also I could not deny my fundamental emotional reaction, which was to just spontaneously begin weeping, so, hey.
posted by kbanas at 5:05 PM on September 25, 2013 [5 favorites]


Poor kitty!
posted by Artw at 5:05 PM on September 25, 2013


Spoilers: Kitty is skritched at 1:54.
posted by Artw at 5:06 PM on September 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


Man, that lens makes the kitten look even smaller I can't handle this
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 5:09 PM on September 25, 2013


Damn, kicked right in the feels by gopro.

That might be a perfect video. I can't think of any other combination of things that would so effectively yank the heartstrings.

Returning a slightly singed doll to an adorable little kid?
Rescuers dig through rubble to find a piglet?

I don't think it is possible to top that one.
posted by Ad hominem at 5:12 PM on September 25, 2013


The kitten was later arrested for arson.
posted by bondcliff at 5:13 PM on September 25, 2013 [50 favorites]




I like how the other fireman dude is like I WANNA SAVE THE KITTY TOO.
posted by elizardbits at 5:15 PM on September 25, 2013 [4 favorites]


Kitten buzz harshed.
posted by Artw at 5:17 PM on September 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


NO WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS THING
posted by elizardbits at 5:18 PM on September 25, 2013 [3 favorites]


I think my favorite part is how he puts his glove down on the ground and lays the kitten on top of it.
posted by Ad hominem at 5:18 PM on September 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


Where do I put in my credit card for the fireman?
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 5:19 PM on September 25, 2013


Can someone delete the comment by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish? And then delete him? Or her? Repeatedly?
posted by xmutex at 5:21 PM on September 25, 2013 [24 favorites]


I feel like I'm playing a particularly strange, intense, HD version of Mass Effect here.
posted by The Whelk at 5:21 PM on September 25, 2013


WHYYYY why did I click on that followup link, why.
posted by leesh at 5:26 PM on September 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


Damn, I just read the article. This is like the saddest thing since Ordinary People.

Damn you gopro stop messing with my emotions like this.
posted by Ad hominem at 5:27 PM on September 25, 2013


FUCK YOU GOPRO!
posted by Artw at 5:32 PM on September 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


This made me cry more than a kitty video ought to. Not clicking on zarquon's link, nope.
posted by CrazyLemonade at 5:34 PM on September 25, 2013 [3 favorites]


. for the kitty.

Firefighters are awesome. Right up there with Librarians as public servants that I'm glad my tax dollars go to.
posted by longdaysjourney at 5:37 PM on September 25, 2013 [6 favorites]


Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish: "A BUNCH OF GODDAMN LIBERAL MEDIA LIES"

Just kicked right in the GoPros :(
posted by wcfields at 5:37 PM on September 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


Not clicking on zarquon's link, nope.

Spoiler: The kitteh is alive and happy!

On a farm. Upstate. No you can't visit.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 5:57 PM on September 25, 2013 [50 favorites]


SERIOUSLY DO NOT READ THIS FOLLOW-UP STORY. MASOCHISTS ONLY.

You terrible son of a bitch.

Maybe that's a story about another kitten? Another kitten from another video that I did not see and therefore do not care about? I choose to believe this with all of my heart.
posted by kbanas at 6:01 PM on September 25, 2013 [5 favorites]


The kitten in Zarquon's article was cared for in its final moments instead of alone and scared. I refuse to let anything harsh this for me.
posted by Navelgazer at 6:03 PM on September 25, 2013 [49 favorites]


Why did I have such an emotional response to this?
"Oh look, a video posted of something cute! Gonna check it out before I head out tonight." As soon as the piano music started.... sobs. One second fine, another second something burrowed itself inside my emotions. Another sob comes when my kitty, on my lap, looks up when the kitten goes "mew".

Welp, time to completely redo my makeup.
posted by hillabeans at 6:04 PM on September 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


Relevant
posted by Navelgazer at 6:07 PM on September 25, 2013 [12 favorites]


Hey, Navelgazer, in all seriousness, I appreciate that comic and your upbeat and positive resolve. I am still sad, but that helps.
posted by kbanas at 6:09 PM on September 25, 2013 [3 favorites]


Call me when you have a video of a kitten saving a firefighter.
posted by rikschell at 6:11 PM on September 25, 2013


Call me when you have a video of a kitten saving a firefighter.


That little kitten saved us all. He saved all of us.
posted by kbanas at 6:12 PM on September 25, 2013 [9 favorites]


The kitten in Zarquon's article was cared for in its final moments instead of alone and scared.

God I'm crying.
posted by JHarris at 6:31 PM on September 25, 2013 [4 favorites]


Go out and save your own kitten.
posted by Peach at 6:35 PM on September 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


I guess I'm just too cynical to live because I kind of predicted the kitten wouldn't make it even before seeing the video. Smoke inhalation is very bad news for small pets.
posted by zixyer at 6:41 PM on September 25, 2013


Damnit I'm crying now.
posted by MrGuilt at 6:58 PM on September 25, 2013


It would have been a miracle if such a tiny thing had survived all that smoke. Oh, its poor little baby lungs! This is so sad! It couldn't have been much older than 8 weeks by its size. :(

.

I'm glad that someone tried to save it.
posted by droplet at 7:04 PM on September 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'm really really glad that the firefighter got to help a kitten. So much firefighting is excruciating boredom waiting in the station for calls, or screaming adrenaline as things happen that you can't really control or help with and that can sometimes be heartbreaking. And here was a thing that really mattered on a tiny individual human/animal level that they could do that probably meant a lot to them. Even if the kitten later died-- at least it died warm and well-cared for. That's a really solid, tangible sort of win in a grueling business.

Also, this is just your monthly or biannual or whatever reminder that your local firefighters are probably really, really struggling for funding right now as state, federal and local budgets all get slashed. And that old or improperly repaired equipment for them is literally the difference between life and death. So please donate to, or volunteer with, your local FD. And if you can't do those, well, even just someone stopping by to say "thank you" makes a big difference on a boring or uber-stressful shift.

Also it makes me think of this Tumblr post which is one of the best things ever.
posted by WidgetAlley at 7:14 PM on September 25, 2013 [20 favorites]




firefighters are pretty much the most noble profession. doctors also save lives, but don't usually put their own at risk.
posted by desjardins at 7:51 PM on September 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


Piggybacking on WidgetAlley's comment, there are many non-profits around that will happily accept donations in order to supply FD's pet oxygen masks, but the most efficient way to make this happen is to approach the department in your own community. Most will be happy to put donations directly towards these, which are still sadly uncommon on fire trucks.
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear at 8:06 PM on September 25, 2013 [4 favorites]


I'll be looking into that in Austin. Thanks for the suggestion.
posted by OnTheLastCastle at 8:09 PM on September 25, 2013


EVERYBODY GO HUG YOUR PETS RIGHT NOW DO IT
posted by elizardbits at 8:18 PM on September 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


My cat is currently radioactive, I can only hug him for a limited period. :-(
posted by Artw at 8:28 PM on September 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


DO IT
posted by elizardbits at 8:29 PM on September 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


Another metafilter rollercoaster... damn
posted by HuronBob at 8:38 PM on September 25, 2013


Someone in the youtube comments are saying the CBS article was wrong but hasn't been retracted yet. Here's hoping.
posted by radwolf76 at 8:52 PM on September 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


Also I was expecting DoubleLune's third video was going to be this pipe-stuck kitten rescue.

I don't know who's idea it was to use the leaf blower, but it quickly turns the pipe into a cat-apult.
posted by radwolf76 at 9:01 PM on September 25, 2013 [3 favorites]


You know, as cynical and bitter as I am, I really, really respect firefighters. They go into burning freaking buildings to help people, they do medical aid, I mean, those guys are brave as anyone, and must see some really terrible things.

(That and they saved my building when an arsonist lit it on fire. 2 floors gutted, but all my stuff was OK. If I ever meet someone from Hamliton's fire department they don't have to pay for drinks that night. )
posted by Canageek at 9:03 PM on September 25, 2013


Same here. Fire fighters rock. All the public serviceness of policepeople but none of the power tripping. Fire fighters forever!
posted by JHarris at 9:30 PM on September 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


Jesus, Grandpa, what did you read me this thing for?
posted by naoko at 10:15 PM on September 25, 2013 [15 favorites]


You can probably guess, when I see a cat that's been hit by a car, I'm inconsolable. Unfortunately, I see those a lot around here.
posted by JHarris at 1:18 AM on September 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


This was very touching, and Zarquon's update upsetting, but I have been somewhat restored by the giddy magnificence of this YouTube comment under the video. Perhaps you will be too.



xJustinxBieberx66639 seconds ago
WOW I AM CALLING AN DETECTIVE ON BOTH OF YOU. how DARE you say that about someone wo cares about only the life of the kitten. YOU FUCKTRUMPET. why wouold put IN SMOKE FILLED ROOM!?!? SELL OUT!? ALL SELLS OUT!?!?!?

posted by Decani at 3:22 AM on September 26, 2013 [6 favorites]


Rescuers dig through rubble to find a piglet?

Is the piglet wearing a tiny fireman's costume?
posted by winna at 3:54 AM on September 26, 2013 [4 favorites]


Rarely do I wish I hadn't read the comments on a Mefi post. Very sad now.
posted by Stewriffic at 4:02 AM on September 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


OK, here's a happy ending from the Oklahoma Tornado that happened a few months ago. (link to wimp.com)
posted by bitteroldman at 7:46 AM on September 26, 2013


Go out and save your own kitten.

I did. Last Wednesday, we happened upon a kitten someone dumped in a remote part of a relatively unused park, far from any homes. We expected it to be a feral, but it sat there meowing plaintively at us. To the vet you go! no chip. ~4 months and only 2lb; severe malnourishment. Viral respiratory infection. Conjunctivitis. Worms (probably). Covered in ticks and ear mites. Basically All The Things Wrong.

It's a week later. It's tick and mite free now, resp infection is gone (lysine is amazing), working on the eye infection, and we're on a course of dewormer just in case. It eats like there will never be food again, has started running around and playing like a kitten in the past couple days, and one of the other cats has decided that it wants to be Mother Cat to this one, so I think we're a three cat house now, unless I can find a better home for it.

So, no, I didn't save it from a burning building, just a weedy forest area, but it's going to turn out to be a great cat.

You can save a kitten too. There are far too many of them in shelters and rescues.

I wish there was a special hell for people that throw away animals.
posted by Xyanthilous P. Harrierstick at 8:58 AM on September 26, 2013 [19 favorites]


Awwww. I love cats. I love every kind of cat. I just want to hug all of them but I can't, can't hug every cat.

Can't hug every cat.
posted by JHarris at 12:58 PM on September 26, 2013 [5 favorites]


Can't hug every cat.
posted by DoubleLune at 2:40 PM on September 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


A few photos of firefighters with rescued cats - don't miss the last one, ha.
posted by madamjujujive at 3:18 PM on September 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


Fuck I wish I hadn't watched that.
posted by janey47 at 5:10 PM on September 26, 2013


The original video was shot with a helmet camera by Fresno, CA firefighter Cory Kalanick.
posted by JujuB at 5:15 PM on September 26, 2013


firefighters are pretty much the most noble profession. doctors also save lives, but don't usually put their own at risk.

Yes, they run into burning buildings when everyone else is running out!
posted by JujuB at 5:21 PM on September 26, 2013


You can donate a pet oxygen kit to a fire department for about $75, as I have commented before:
You can call your local fire department to find out if they have pet oxygen masks on their trucks and, if not, it costs $75 to donate a kit with three sizes of mask and various training material! My neighbors' dog was rescued from a housefire by a pet-oxygen-equipped truck and administered oxygen. They also carried a leash that attached to a D-ring on the truck to restrain the dog from running back in (which is how he inhaled the smoke in the first place), and a bowl so they could give him water. And probably some other stuff I didn't get to see. He got to ride to his vet's office to get checked out (and to check in for boarding 'til the people figured out where they were staying) afterwards in the back of a squad car so, exciting dog day all around.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 5:59 PM on September 26, 2013 [5 favorites]




MeTa
posted by mlis at 8:11 PM on September 26, 2013


Any video with a jump cut in it is Produced. As a corollary to this maxim, any video that is Produced is trying to Sell You Something.

In your viewing, or video consumption, jump out, or not, as your wallet and sensibilities dictate, whenever you witness a jump cut. But hereafter, don't blame me for the costs to you, emotional or financial, if you miss the Jump Cut Indicator. You saw it, and if you kept watching, you bought the Produced fiction as Truth, and you deserve the bill that accompanies all that...
posted by paulsc at 12:03 AM on September 27, 2013 [2 favorites]


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posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:14 AM on September 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


A slightly less sad follow-up to the follow-up!

Good people, including the firefighter in the video, donating lots of moneys for the kitties and puppies!
posted by misha at 7:57 AM on September 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


Link's busted, misha.
posted by cortex at 8:57 AM on September 27, 2013


Bizarrely, if you google the URL you get a link to the exact same address that does work. I think their site has some weird, probably accidental, anti-hotlinking measures.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 9:00 AM on September 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


Here's a correct link.

misha didn't include the .cspx at the end of their link.
posted by zixyer at 9:01 AM on September 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


Fixed! This has been another episode of Copy/Paste Liveblogging. See you next week, keep calm and ctrl-c ctrl-v.
posted by cortex at 9:02 AM on September 27, 2013 [5 favorites]


During the winter of last year, we took in a cat who hung around our house. She was skinny as a rail and obviously starving. To our great surprise, she had three kittens a week later.

No good deed goes unpunished, but we love all four of them. Millle, Nibbler, Fred and George are great cats. Our black lab, Jellybean, loves them too.
posted by double block and bleed at 11:11 AM on September 27, 2013 [2 favorites]


madamjujujive: "A few photos of firefighters with rescued cats - don't miss the last one, ha."

That last one is great! He's like, well, for what it's worth, I guess we saved the witch's evil cat.
posted by Mister_A at 1:23 PM on September 27, 2013 [2 favorites]


I always feel like some kind of soulless monster for not crying at videos that make other folks cry. Like seriously, for me, crying at internet videos has not happened once. I sometimes worry that maybe I do not have these 'feels' of which you all speak.

But - it does make me feel enormously better about the world knowing that out there in it are some good hearted folk with feels in all the right places.
posted by Lizard at 5:40 AM on September 28, 2013


I guess we saved the witch's evil cat.

That cat is clearly saying NO YOU FOOLS LET ME GO MY WORK ISN'T DONE.
posted by The Whelk at 7:28 AM on September 28, 2013 [2 favorites]


One time, and I swear this is true, I actually saw a fireman give mouth to nose resuscitation to two tiny kittens he had just rescued along with their mother from a burning apartment. Alas, one died, along with the mother, from severe smoke inhalation. But I'll be damned if one didn't survive, later to be named (of course) Phoenix by the woman whose apartment burned (she wasn't there).

Just the image, though: big burly fireman in full apparatus holding two tiny kittens in his glove and alternately blowing into the noses of each one like they were human children. Pretty awesome thing to see.
posted by spitbull at 10:42 AM on September 28, 2013 [6 favorites]


I went out and saved my own kitten - a tiny scrawny little cat that was begging for food in our back yard. We've had her two years now. It took a couple of months to get her to come out of the basement, and she was skittish for a long while, but now she owns the house and sleeps all night on my bed.

I was just in Bulgaria, where stray dogs and cats are everywhere, and I hardened my heart.
posted by Peach at 1:55 AM on October 11, 2013


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