Catching a Crying Kitten on the Highway Fastlane

Written by Karen Aram of Illinois

Traveling on the highway fast lane to work one morning in Bangkok, Thailand, I was stunned to see a small kitten suddenly in front of me. It appeared to have fallen from the back of a pick up truck ahead. I immediately stopped, though by the time I did, it had disappeared under my small van.

I cautiously got out of the car on the assumption that it was under my car and would surely be killed if I didn’t rescue it, as there was nowhere for it to go. It wouldn’t be able to jump up on the berme on the inside of the highway, given it was so small, and it certainly wouldn’t make it through the fast moving traffic on the other side.

A dangerous place for a kitten

I knew it wasn’t safe for me getting out on the highway with cars buzzing by, and cars behind me honking impatiently, but I could hear the kitten crying.

Trying to reach it appeared to be an almost impossible task given I had to attempt the act from the front of my vehicle. I couldn’t see it but knew I couldn’t drive over it either. Fortunately I was soon able to ascertain that it had crawled up the front wheel, which allowed me to pluck it off and carry it around to the inside of the van.

I raised the little guy up in order to show the drivers stuck behind me that I hadn’t lost my mind and there was a reason for me stopping in this ridiculous way. The response was one of thumbs up and laughter. It wasn’t easy driving into work with this little creature who insisted on sitting under the gas pedal, but we made it unscathed.

Suffice it to say, I now had another cat to add to my menangerie, a beautiful little boy. He was quite young, and healthy and my daughter gave him the name Vodka.

Brought to you by The Great Animal Rescue Chase

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Oleg Kobetz
Oleg Kobets3 years ago

Thank you

Nickihermes Celine
Past Member 4 years ago

wonderful,thank you for sharing 17/7

Loretta P.
Loretta P4 years ago

Awesome!! Karen you are a very brave angel. Thank you for saving Vodka. I'm sure he will bless you with years of love and devotion. Wishing you both the best.

Kathy Lentz
Kathlene Lentz5 years ago

It's crazy people who stop on the highway to rescue kittens and other small animals that keep my faith in humanity alive. Thank you for being as crazy as I am!

Carolanne Powell
C Powell5 years ago

Hope that your kindness will be returned tenfold xxxxxxxxxx

Alicia Guevara
Alicia Guevara5 years ago

Lucky Vodka! Tks Karen Aram. Love stories with happy endings!

Carrie Anne Brown

great article, thanks for sharing :)

Stella Nobrega-Garcia

Thank you so much for saving this little guy! He is absolutely gorgeous, btw. ;-)

Felicia L.
Felicia L5 years ago

thank you for being so kind, it a time of need and danger. i would do the same, even if it meant risking my life for them.

Tricia Hamilton
Tricia Hamilton5 years ago

I have halted all traffic trying to get a hit seagull. Who ever doesn't care about animals, doesn't care about living anything!!~!