“To my knowledge, this is the first animal or pet they’ve ever encountered [in a bin],” Megan Williams, marketing officer for the Aylesbury Vale District Council, told The Dodo. “They were more than a little surprised.”
The men brought the hamster, whom they nicknamed Dusty, back to the company base where staff members quickly found some materials to give him a temporary home. They then brought him to a local Pets At Home store, where employees offered to care for him until his owners could be found.
After a bit more searching, the employees were able to reunite the hamster with his family that same day — and they revealed how the hamster had gotten into the bin in the first place: They thought he'd died, so they wrapped him up in bedding before laying him to rest in the garbage can that morning.