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Woman Sees Cage Sitting On Side Of Highway — And Finds Tiniest Abandoned Pet Inside

“I'm always on the lookout for boxes and bags on the side of the highway since I grew up hearing horror stories of people abandoning their pets on the side of the road. But I never thought I'd find her."

It was a regular commute home last week for Tennessee resident Melissa Morton — until she spotted a blue cage sitting on the side of Interstate 65 near Nashville.

As Morton drove closer to the cage while stuck in traffic, she realized there was actually a little animal inside. She pulled over and jumped out of the car and, to her surprise, a little hamster looked up at her, desperately chewing on the cage bars, trying to find a way out.

“I'm always on the lookout for boxes and bags on the side of the highway since I grew up hearing horror stories of people abandoning their pets on the side of the road,” Morton told The Dodo. “But I never thought I'd find her ... She had no food or water, and the cage was tied together with shoestrings and bread ties.”

Morton scooped up the tiny cage and ran back to her car. Traffic whizzed by as she comforted the little critter with a reassuring voice and soft music. Morton decided to name the hamster Boo Bear, since she was a teddy bear hamster.

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The cage that Boo Bear was trapped inside on the highway | Melissa Morton

With Boo Bear in tow, Morton stopped by a pet store on the way home to buy her food, a much larger cage, an exercise wheel and more.

“I talked to her the whole drive to PetSmart and she seemed curious and receptive,” Morton said. “When the employees took her out to check her over, she was gentle. Then I called my husband and let him know I was coming home with a hamster.”

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Boo Bear hanging out with her mom | Melissa Morton

Boo Bear is now settled comfortably into her new home, and is becoming more friendly and curious as the days go on.

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Boo Bear sitting on her exercise wheel | Melissa Morton

She is really sweet and climbs on top of her little log home when she hears me calling her,” Morton said. “She's extremely gentle — when I hold treats out to her, she takes it very politely.”

Morton can’t imagine why anyone would abandon Boo Bear out on the streets like they did — let alone on a busy highway. But she’s incredibly glad the brave little animal has made her way into the family safe and sound.

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Boo Bear peeking out of her cage at her family | Melissa Morton

“We're slowly working on holding and carrying her, but she doesn't show any fear or worry,” Morton said. “I know hamsters can sometimes die of fear, but if she survived being dumped on the side of a highway, then I think she's essentially the Rambo of hamsters!”