Volodya’s from Krasnoyarsk, in Siberia. He rides his bike every day on Tatyshev Island in the Yenisei River. He does it in good company… his cat is always on his shoulder! Volodya found the poor kitten in a tree… crows were trying to attack it. So, he had to climb up the tree to reach the kitten; he didn’t plan it, but he took the kitten home. He wanted to put the kitten in his backpack or near his chest, but the animal chose the best place by itself, he sat on Volodya’s shoulder. That’s how he took the little cat home. In summer 2010, when it was over 30 degrees (86 degrees Fahrenheit), they shocked everybody in Krasnoyarsk by taking part in a cycling marathon and riding together almost 100 kilometres (62 miles)! Several times, Volodya stopped and gave water to his cat; when they reached the finish line, both were exhausted… the cat laid down in the shade of the bushes to rest. However, in just a half-hour, it was full of energy and happiness again.
7 May 2013