10-Year-Old Boys Save Frozen Kitten

Editor’s note: This post is a Care2 favorite. It was originally published on December 14, 2010. Enjoy!


Two 10-year-old boys in a suburb of New York are being called local heroes after they came to the aid of a tiny kitten whose paws had become frozen to a metal sewer grate.


Jack Masciopinto and Mike Margolis were on their way to school in Marmaroneck, New York last week when they saw four black spots on a metal sewer grate.  At first they thought the spots were mice, but as they walked closer the boys realized they were the paws of a small black kitten.


Frigid weather had caused the cat’s paws to become frozen solid to the sewer grid – the way a tongue sticks a freezing light post.


Mike Margolis said, “Me and Jack were walking in front and we looked over…and looked down and saw these green eyes staring up at us.”


The boys took quick action to help the kitten, in a way that most other kids would.  They called mom and dad for help. Luckily Mike’s father Steven was home and he contacted the Department of Public Works.


Soon there were half-dozen workers on the scene.  All of them agreed the kitten would have died if Jack and Mike hadn’t found her. The DPW workers first used a crowbar to free the frozen metal grid. “They had to hit it with a sledgehammer because it was frozen in the ground,” said mom Jenny Margolis.  “When they picked up the grate, the cat came up too.”


A police officer at the rescue scene poured warm water over the kitten’s paws to release her from the sewer grate. The kitten was transported to a local animal hospital where she received a thorough examination.  Dr. Gina Antiaris DVM said the kitten is approximately 5 months old and had early signs of hypothermia.


The cat will be placed for adoption by Christmas, if her owner doesn’t step forward to claim her.


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Jim Ven
Jim Ven4 months ago

thanks for the article.

Cindy J.
Cindy J.about a year ago

Always good stories to hear of kids helping out in animal welfare. Kudos to the parents for teaching them compassion for animals.

donald Baumgartner
donald Baumgartnerabout a year ago

A Happy ending !!!!

Graziella Veri
Graziella Veriabout a year ago

Noted and shared.Thank you

Nancy Black
Nancy Blackabout a year ago

Can't tell you how happy it makes me feel that two young boys had such respect for life that they saved the kitty. Parents should be proud; I know I would be if they were my sons.

Helga Balague
Helga Balagueabout a year ago

act on time, don't wait for nobody to do something.

Melania Padilla
Melania Padillaabout a year ago

Awww they were well raised! So far....

Carol Doud
Carol Doudabout a year ago

Thank you boys for saving this dear little kitten

William Eaves
William Eavesabout a year ago

Nice one.

Ionete Oana
yonette VOabout a year ago

Very kind boys! I wished all children and all parents have a such good heart! also authorities to get involved when they are called!Hope the cat was adopted and lives happy!