A kitten was in good hands Tuesday afternoon as an alert driver and sheriff’s deputy preserved one of the cat’s nine lives.
According to Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, Community Services Deputy James Holmes was behind a vehicle that had stopped for a kitten on Highway 101 near SE 23rd Drive. The feline climbed into the wheel well of the stopped vehicle and hid between the wheel spokes and brake rotor. The driver of the vehicle and Holmes both realized what was happening and sprang into action, stopping traffic and initiating a fur ball rescue.
On a first attempt, Deputy Holmes tried to rescue the animal but it scurried up into the frame out of sight. Holmes was able to reach up into the undercarriage and grab the kitten on a second try and bring it to safety.
The baby cat was transported to the Lincoln County Animal Shelter in Newport where it faces the possibility of finding a good home.
The tiny kitten was reported to be in good condition.