Cat frozen to the ground in Russia now 'runs and jumps'

Semyon the cat (File)
Semyon the cat (File)

A moggy who fell asleep under a car and woke up caked in ice and frozen to the road is now safe and well - and has since been adopted by a loving family.

The cat, called Semyon, had huddled under a vehicle in the southwest Russian town of Zlatoust for warmth before the temperature plummeted to a barely conceivable minus-35 degrees Celsius while it was asleep.

That meant when the kitty woke, its face and whiskers had been caked in frost and its legs covered in snow and ice, leaving it numb and unable to move.

The owners of the vehicle, knife-maker Sergey Baranov and his wife Yelena, spotted Semyon and immediately took to freeing it from its position.

But that proved harder than anticipated, with seven buckets of warm water required to sufficiently melt the ice around its paws and get it up off the ground. The back paws needed particular attention, as they had sunk 6cm into snow that had then solidified around its legs.

It was then immediately wrapped in a blanket in an attempt to warm it up further, and days later Mr Baranov posted about the aftermath on his social media account.

"We called a vet who came right away and he did an anti-inflammatory shot. By the end of the day, the cat had started to walk," Mr Baranov wrote.

"Three days later, after making sure the cat was all right, I posted an announcement on my page and a girl from our city said she wanted to pick it up.

"The cat has now lived at her house for a week and she says he seems to be fine. He runs and jumps around."

Semyon, who Mr Baranov said was likely "very young, only seven to nine months [old]," featured in another video that showed him moving freely, uninhibited by its previously frozen state.