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Firefighters save kitten from beam under overpass

ST. LOUIS – There was no tree, and the ladder was too short. So saving one kitten took two teams of firefighters, two trucks and a blanket.

City firefighters rescue a kitten from under a highway overpass on Monday, July 27, 2020. Photos courtesy Stray Rescue of St. Louis
On Monday, a Good Samaritan called for help after he heard a kitten’s loud cries coming from underneath a highway overpass.

A team from Stray Rescue of St. Louis, 2320 Pine St., responded on the double but were unable to reach the tiny feline, who was mewing so loudly that it could be heard even over the rumble of the traffic passing above. The group’s ladder was simply too short, even when they propped it on top of their Jeep.

St. Louis firefighters surround the kitten they rescued on Monday. Holding the kitten is Donna Lochmann of Stray Rescue of St. Louis; the man who heard the kitten crying and called the rescue group for help stands third from left.
St. Louis firefighters to the rescue! They scrambled equipment and personnel, and in short order the kitten was plucked from its precarious perch and landed in loving arms.

Weak and shaking, the kitten was rushed back to Stray Rescue’s trauma center to be assessed for injuries or illness.

The kitten’s new name? Hook and Ladder.

To help pay medical costs for Hook and Ladder and other animals in need, go to strayrescue.org/stracks


The kitten cuddles with Donna Lochmann of Stray Rescue of St. Louis at the group’s trauma center.
Hook and Ladder enjoys a meal at Stray Rescue of St. Louis.




June Heath


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