A HAMSTER which survived an incredible death-defying journey - including escaping the rotating blades of a shredder - is settling in to a new home.
Mike, as he's been christened by his new owner, Craig Bull, was discovered on the end conveyor belt at the Recyclo plant in Sandycroft, near Chester.
'He survived against huge odds,' said Craig, who drives a loader on the site.
'The hamster must have arrived in one of the skips which come in from all over Cheshire, Flintshire, and Wrexham - we get between 300 and 400 tons a day coming in.
'These are then tipped on to a huge pile andIthenscoop upthewasteand drop it on to a conveyor belt.
'Mike must have been tipped on to the conveyor and somehow survived the blades of a shredder which rips things like fridges to bits. He then managed to escape almost unscathed as he was passed through a rotating drum and on to the final conveyor belt.
'It's beyond belief - he could have been killed at any stage in the recycling process.'
Craig said a colleague called Mike spotted the hamster.
'I thought it was only right to name it after him,' he said.
Although looking rather scruffy after his journey through the recycling process, the hamster somehow escaped his nightmare ordeal with only a minor leg injury.
Craig and his wife, Lynda, agreed to let their son Liam, 10, adopt the lucky-to-be-alive rodent, who has moved into their home in Gwernaf-field.
'We already had a cage as we had a hamster before,' said Craig.
Liam is thrilled with his unexpected pet. 'He's doing fine,' he beamed.
'I can't believe he's still alive after what happened.'