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Tortoiseshell Cat Rescued from Freeway Overpass

Trapped between a rock and a hard place (and a ton of traffic), this cute cat got an assist from the the Ypsilanti Township Fire Department.

 |  Jun 8th 2012  |   10 Contributions


Here's some Friday "awwwww" to get your weekend off to a good start.

When a woman running through a park in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan, heard a loud meow, she couldn't ignore the desperate cry for help. Although she didn't see the cat making all that noise, she called the Humane Society of Huron Valley in nearby Ann Arbor and set the wheels of rescue in motion.

This tortoiseshell cat was stuck on a concrete pylon holding up the Grove Street overpass over Interstate 94.

Cruelty investigators arrived mid-afternoon and saw a dilute tortoiseshell cat sitting on top of the concrete framework that holds up the Grove Street overpass on Interstate 94. They realized they weren't going to be able to rescue the poor kitty on their own, so they called the fire department for assistance.

Soon, a truck was on the scene and Lieutenant Keith Harr was on his way up a ladder to bring the little tortie to safety.

Ypsilanti Township Fire Lt. Keith Harr brings the cat back to earth.

Although most cats would be terrified if they were stuck on a concrete pylon with roaring traffic above and below and a strange man reaching out to grab them, this kitty funneled all her tortitude into bravery and allowed Harr to bring her down, holding her in one hand while he descended the ladder.

Elise Ramsey, the cruelty investigator who arrived on the scene, brought the cat to the Humane Society of Huron Valley, where she was examined and scanned for a microchip. She was found to be healthy, sweet, and chipless. The society will hold her for four days in case an owner comes to claim her, and after that she'll go up for adoption.

Look at that relaxed kitty! You'd never know she was in a very dangerous predicament only hours earlier.

If you live near Ann Arbor and you're in the market for the cutest little dilute tortie you ever laid eyes on, go check her out and see if she's been claimed yet. After all, it's Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month!

Source: AnnArbor.com. Photos courtesy of Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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