Slayer's road crew rescued a freezing, homeless kitten from the mean streets of Indianapolis on Thursday. Animal rescue is metal as fuck.

The bond between metal musicians and cats is long-established and tender (remember that picture of Glenn Danzig toting kitty litter? Of course you do.) According to a post on metal blog Blabbermouth, which we saw via the A.V. Club, Slayer guitarist Kerry King and some of the road crew had just finished dinner at a steakhouse when a homeless man with a tiny kitten offered to sell it to assistant tour manager Jess Cortese for a dollar. The band's publicist Heidi Robinson-Fitzgerald writes in a press release, "The kitten apparently was freezing, so Jess took it, slept with her in her bunk on the bus and went to the venue with her today, hanging out. One of the runners knew someone who wanted a kitten, so the little guy now has a new home where he or she currently is."

The new owner reports that she's named the kitty Gypsy, and that the cat celebrated its new home by taking a lengthy nap on a heating pad before heading to the vet to be checked for fleas and worms. Here's Gypsy on Saturday, looking ready to thrash and/or continue napping. Probably the second one. Napping is also very metal.

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