A tiny kitten has used up more than a few of its nine lives after falling from a car and almost being run over by a dozen following vehicles.
Astonishing CCTV footage shows as the helpless animal lies wriggling in the road, as the tyres of 12 vehicles – which includes two lorries – pass within inches of it.
Finally, help comes in the form of a selfless Peugeot driver, who stops in the slow lane of the fast moving road and inspects the kitten before taking it to the refuge of his car.
The video was captured on Friday on Russia's Kaliningrad highway in the province of the same name.
The kitten's kind-hearted rescuer was later identified as Denis Degtyarev, from Primorsky.
He commented: "When I touched him, he opened his eyes. As it turned out, he was so tiny he could not even feed himself.
"I checked him quickly as I picked him up, he looked deeply shocked but all right, in that nothing was broken or badly bruised.
"There was no blood. I drove it to the sport school which my kids attend, and there friends of ours quickly found him a new family. He is doing well now."