Spying A Kitten On The Highway, Cat Lovers Save The Day

Written by: Kelli Brinegar
For more than five years, Kelli Brinegar has been using her ability to write and her passion for research to tell the tale of what cats are thinking and why. She has provided care to more than 30 cats in her lifetime.Read more
| Published on October 20, 2020

Ever had a feeling you just couldn’t shake, even though it just didn’t make sense?

Kristyn Gamblain has and thankfully for a kitten named Jersey, she acted on the feeling!

Cruising down a familiar stretch of highway one Friday morning, she noticed a random black ball wedged between two concrete jersey barriers. Moving by at about 60 mph made it hard to identify what the object was, but as she shared on Facebook, “My immediate thought was ‘omg that’s a kitten’.

Kristyn Gamblain/Facebook

She Had to See If It Was a Kitten or Not

Over the next two exits, Kristyn debated herself over the unidentified object and decided her first instincts were right. “So I change over 4 lanes of traffic and head for the next exit.”

Driving back through the area at 45 mph didn’t win her any points with other commuters, but when she spotted the ball again and pulled over, her discovery made the irate humans fade away.

Kristyn Gamblain/Facebook

Kristyn had indeed spotted a kitten wedged into a space only a couple of inches in width between the barriers. “I get down on my knees and start trying to wiggle this little nugget out but I can’t get my hands deep enough into the crack”.  But the kitten was still trying to burrow further into the space, so Kristyn stuffed her shoe in space to keep the kitten from pushing further in.

Kristyn Gamblain/Facebook

And a woman on her hands and knees on the side of a highway is bound to attract attention. Pretty quickly, Officer Bennet was climbing across the concrete dividers to see what exactly Kristyn was doing. Once she saw the kitten, Bennet put out a call for assistance. Just minutes later, Officer Galbraith arrived on the scene to help, “all the while I’m holding the kitten’s butt so it doesn’t crawl further into the crack,” Kristyn said.

After ten minutes of Kristyn and the officers wiggling and working, the kitten was freed from the barriers!

Kristyn Gamblain/Facebook

Kristyn reported, “Sometime while we had our heads down, strategizing and maneuvering, roadside assistance had joined the party, so we had all kinds of flashing lights and congratulations going on when we finally pull the little guy free of the barrier!!”

The first thing Officer Galbraith asked Krysten? Would she be keeping the kitten?

Though she had just adopted a cat the week prior, “I said of course! How could I not when I just spent 45mins rescuing her!”

In honor of her rescue story, Kristyn named the kitten Jersey.

Kristyn Gamblain/Facebook

After her harrowing adventure on the highway, Jersey is now safe and forever home!

H/T: www.dodo.com
Feature Image: Kristyn Gamblain/Facebook