Things could've ended much, much worse for this cat.

A kitten sitting in a lane of traffic on busy highway in Russia was rescued when one motorist stopped and whisked the animal to safety.

Cars, trucks, vans -- whatever the vehicle, they all somehow drive right over or by the animal without injuring it before the hero stops, gets out and picks it up before taking it to his car and driving away.

The cat is microscopic in size, too. The man easily picks it up with one hand and you can see that it almost resembles a hamster more than a cat. The poor animal must have been petrified with all those cars whizzing by it at breakneck speed. It's unclear how the cat wound up on the roadway. What happened to it is also unknown.