At times, the most unassuming suspects prove to be the most elusive to apprehend.
Authorities in Auckland, New Zealand, responded to a call reporting a “small orange and white ball of fluff” causing disturbances on the Southwestern Motorway. Police swiftly arrived at the scene and discovered the source of the disruption: a tiny kitten huddled against a concrete barrier. “Unfortunately, she was spooked by the approaching officer and quickly bolted across three lanes of live traffic,” police shared on Facebook. “She narrowly avoided the worst.” Now confined to a small strip in the center of the freeway, the police had no option but to temporarily close the entire highway. This extra precaution proved to be the right decision, and they successfully managed to capture the kitten and bring the situation under control.
They managed to bring her to safety shortly after. “In all, it took a little over half an hour for them to get her,” shared Shelley Nahr, media coordinator for the department, with The Dodo. However, true to the nature of any rambunctious kitten, she wasn’t done causing trouble. After an officer placed her in his patrol car and made a quick phone call before driving away, he realized the kitten was nowhere in sight. “He searched high and low and found nothing,” police said. “Until he heard the faintest meow coming from the dashboard.” Somehow, the kitten had squeezed herself up into the dashboard. Consequently, they headed to a local mechanic to rescue her for the second time that day, necessitating the removal of the entire dashboard from the patrol car.
The mechanics discovered the kitten right where they had anticipated: snugly tucked around a heating fan. In a stroke of good fortune for the third time that week, it didn’t take long for the tiny kitten to find herself a forever home after the entire ordeal. Glenda, the dispatcher who initially received the 911 call about the cat, decided that the kitten would be the perfect addition to her family.
“She now lives with her new owner and her three daughters,” Nahr shared. “They have a bulldog named Dobby, so they named her Winky as that is the elf’s best friend’s name in the ‘Harry Potter’ novels.” Although Winky arrived with fleas and cat flu from her previous life as a stray, she is responding well to antibiotics and is expected to make a full recovery. True to the plan, Dobby and Winky are forming the best of friendships.