A woman driving down a busy Los Angeles Freeway noticed something that looked small and furry huddled against the wall in the carpool lane. To her horror, she realized it was a tiny, frightened kitten. However, pulling over or stopping to rescue the kitten could have caused an accident. In such an awful situation, what’s a person to do? Contact Hope for Paws, as it turns out. That’s just what the woman did, all the while hoping this baby could be rescued before it was too late.
As it turns out, Hope for Paws rescuers Eldad Hagar and Loreta Frankonyte, on their way back from an earlier rescue, received the woman’s text. Thanks to the woman’s accuracy they spotted the kitten as they passed by, so they pulled over safely next to an exit. Now that they had found him, the tricky part was next: Rescuing the kitten without harming him or themselves. Traffic was still whizzing past.
Kitten Rescue Was Risky Business
“Once we were ready, Loreta Frankonyte and I broke into the freeway and stopped traffic completely,” Hagar wrote under the description for their YouTube video. “Not knowing the kitten’s state of mind, I told Loreta I will approach from the front so he can see me, and she will surprise him from behind.”
Perhaps aided by the noise of the traffic, Frankonyte quietly snuck up behind the kitten. She snatched him up before he had a chance to think about it. The whole thing went off without a hitch, and the kitten even wound up with a name.
“The plan worked perfectly, and people were really happy to see us save little Napoleon,” Hagar said.
Time to rush the kitten back to the car!
Once Hagar and Frankonyte were ensconced in the car again, it was snuggle time for little Napoleon. He sat out the ride patiently on Frankonyte’s lap, happy to finally be safe. Hagar called the woman who had texted them originally and thanked her for helping to save sweet Napoleon. Then it was off to the vet to make sure this little guy had a thorough examination.
While he was at the vet’s office, his rescuers offered him some food, which he devoured.
It was very evident he’d gone without eating for a while. Poor little Napoleon was extremely ill and weak, meaning that he couldn’t have made it to the freeway by himself. And that meant some cruel person had likely thrown this kitten out of the car, discarding him as if he were trash.
“The little guy was sick, had an eye infection, he was so skinny, and I just have no idea how he could have made it to that side of the freeway,” Hagar noted. “He was too weak to move, and there is just no way he could have crossed six lanes of traffic alone … someone must have done it to him.”
The future is now brighter for this cute kitten.
Little Napoleon received treatment for his eye infection and for fleas. He was bathed, and when he was feeling better was given another kitten to be his buddy. Now that he had a friend to play with, he was soon feeling much better.
How wonderful that three people — the woman who contacted Hope for Paws, and Napoleon’s two rescuers cared enough to work together and save this tiny life.
You can watch the daring rescue in the video below.
Featured image by Hope for Paws-Official Rescue Channel via YouTube video