Alisa Manzelli, Global Animal
While Chase Conner was acting in an independent film, Before the Fall, in the mountains of Virginia about a month and a half ago, the 28-year-old discovered an unexpected cast member—a malnourished orange kitten, covered in filth and fleas, wandering by himself.
Despite being away from home and living in and out of hotel rooms, the actor still managed to take in and care for the kitten named Cheeto, while documenting the entire event.
“I came up with the name Cheeto because when we first found him he was so thin,” Conner said. “When we gave him a bath, you could see when the water pushed down the fur he was skinny and orange. And his head is much larger than his body, so he looked like Chester Cheeto,” the cartoon cheetah mascot.
However, because of his busy work schedule, Conner is constantly on the road. So, the actor recently stopped into his mother’s home in Port Orange, Florida, where she quickly adopted the kitten as her own.
“I brought him home and she was like, ‘He’s mine,’” Conner joked.
The Reddit user, Chaseburger, posted the heartwarming series of photos online, which have since gone viral.
In his photo story, titled titled “The Recovery of Cheeto,” Conner introduces the touching tale, while stating, “Found this little guy a month ago while working on an independent movie in VA. He was just a bag of bones and fur. Now I’ve got a new buddy.” See the incredible photos below.