There’s not a lot of feel good news in the world these days, but occasionally, there are glimmers of humanity popping up in our feeds. This week, the award for ‘most heartwarming’ goes to Turkish mountain biker and firefighter Ali Cakas, who saved a black and white cat from the rubble of a collapsed building in Turkey after the devastating earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria last week.

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Since then, Cakas has adopted the cat, and the internet has collectively fallen in love. The cat, renamed Enkaz (which translates to ‘rubble’), has become an international sensation, partially due to his refusal to leave his new owner's side.

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Cakas has posted photos on Instagram with the cat since the rescue, and the 33-year-old and Enkaz seem to be getting quite comfortable with each other. It’s still TBD whether or not Enkaz will be spotted in a backpack riding with Cakas, but given his current internet fandom, we wouldn’t be shocked. (In addition to being a firefighter, Cakas serves as a coach for the Turkish National Team for cross-country MTB.)

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He even has a dedicated Instagram with over 20 thousand followers and loads of fan art:

He’s not the only rescue worker who’s rescuing (and potentially adopting) animals, but with his mountain bike helmet and downhilling goggles worn on the sites as he works, he’s certainly the most cycling-friendly of the bunch.

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Molly Hurford

Molly writes about cycling, nutrition and training, with an emphasis on women in sport. Her new middle-grade series, Shred Girls, debuts with Rodale Kids/Random House in 2019 with "Lindsay's Joyride." Her other books include "Mud, Snow and Cyclocross," "Saddle, Sore" and "Fuel Your Ride." Her work has been published in magazines like Bicycling, Outside and Nylon. She co-hosts The Consummate Athlete Podcast.