Last week, a toxic flood released millions of gallons of mining sludge in Hungary. Several towns were enveloped with the red wastewater after a factory reservoir crumbled under the stress of byproduct produced by decades of aluminum production.
Forced to flee or be caught up in the deadly substance, many villagers abandoned their pets and farm animals behind to fend for themselves.
The sludge, a waste product in aluminum production, contains heavy metals and is toxic if touched or ingested. Two women, a young man and a three-year-old child are known to have been killed in the floods, and scores of locals suffered burns and eye irritation from contact with the red waters.
Watch this video to see hungry, scared animals being rescued by local activists.
Image: A resident rescues a cat from toxic sludge that flooded the village of Devecser, on October 5, 2010.
Image Credit: REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo (via National Post News).