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.”