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Slayer teaches us the meaning of metal by rescuing an adorable kitten

And not for an animal sacrifice, either.


Miles Klee


Posted on Dec 9, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 12:52 am CDT

Being a badass rocker doesn’t just mean packing stadiums and shredding eardrums—there’s also the part where you look out for animals who could use a dose of human kindness. Which is why the crew for death metal band Slayer saved a kitten from freezing solid.

“Slayer guitarist Kerry King was finishing dinner at his favourite steakhouse with the band’s road crew before a gig at the Old National Centre in Indianapolis,” the Telegraph reported, “when a homeless man offered to sell a kitten to assistant tour manager Jess Cortese for a dollar.” Cortese took the shivering cat to her bunk on the tour bus and kept it close by the following day until a crew runner’s friend who was looking adopt a pet took her home.

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The little furball’s new owner is calling her Gypsy—a suitably metalhead-roadie name.

Would have been nice if the homeless guy got a helping hand as well, but don’t let that spoil the feel-good incongruity of this rescue, ably captured in a winning T-shirt design:

We’d be evicted from the Internet if we didn’t conclude this post with the other Slayer Cat, so here you go:

Or this death metal cat. You’re welcome.

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*First Published: Dec 9, 2014, 1:54 pm CST