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Dustbin man dubbed ‘a hero’ after saving hamster

The distressed animal poked its head out of a discarded coffee cup which fell out of a torn bin bag being removed by cleaner Ray Aichinson, 57. Thankfully Ray spotted the little pet, and called passersby to help.

They ran to a nearby pet shop, in Filton Abbey Wood Retail Park, Bristol, and came back to scoop the rodent out of Ray’s hands.

Ray, from Bristol, said: “I was going about emptying the bin and I noticed a rip. About a second later the hamster came out in a Costa coffee cup. I got it back in the can as I didn’t want it running into the road.”

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