A section of the New York City subway was shutdown for nearly two hours on Thursday so two kittens could be rescued.
The two kittens, named Arthur and August, were sited by an open-air segment of track near the B and Q lines at 11 a.m. Power to the tracks was cut and all trains that would move through the area were halted. People who couldn’t use the subway to travel took shuttle buses during this time. A transit supervisor tried to catch the two kittens, but they were two fast for him. The subway resumed full service at 1:09 p.m., but the cats were still hidden underneath the track’s third rail. Train operators were told to proceed with caution through the area. A second attempt to rescue the kittens was made by local authorities later in the day. After chasing the cats back and forth along the third rail, one officer used an insulated glove to grab the kittens. The kittens were placed in a carrying case and taken to Brooklyn Animal Care Shelter, reports The New York Daily News.
A video of the two kittens running along a subway rail can be seen here.