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Updated: Scampering Kittens That Halted 2 Subway Lines Up for Adoption

And the adorable felines were eventually rescued

Friday, August 30, 2013 - 07:39 AM

The darling felines were eventually rescued. Subway service was halted on two lines in Brooklyn to protect two kittens from electrocution, August 29, 2013 (MTA)

Update: The kittens, Arthur and August are being being put up for adoption at Animal Care of New York. They'll be ready to go to a new home in a couple of weeks. 

Trains were stopped. The third rail was deactivated. Shuttle buses were scrambled. The police were called in. All because kittens were on the loose in the Church Avenue stop of the B and Q subway lines in Brooklyn on Thursday. 

For two hours, a pair of adventurous kittens were seen darting in, around and under the subway tracks, evading the pursuit of police officers, MTA employees. Passengers tried to coax the cats out with food, according to reports from some news outlets that rushed to the scene with cameras in hand

Tedd Mann of the WSJ, gave a timeline: 

MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz said a station attendant was first alerted to the presence of the cats around 11:06 a.m. by their owner, who had brought them to the Church Avenue station on subway’s Brighton Line.
Somehow, the cats escaped onto the tracks. The station attendant alerted the MTA’s control center, which dispatched a Train Service Supervisor. It was the supervisor who asked that third rail power be cut in the area of the station, suspending regular service. 

People waiting for their trains offered to help, but the MTA said they couldn't because of safety concerns, witnesses told NBC New York.

Train conductors were forthright with delayed passengers, citing kittens on the loose as the cause. Response was mixed among riders based on the a survey of quotes from on-scene reports. Cat lovers were sanguine, others, not so much. 

One MTA employee tweeted at the cats to no avail.

Trains started rolling again shortly after 1 p.m. with the cats still on the loose.

Then, later Thursday night, as documented in a photo gallery from the NY Post, police officers and MTA employees rustled the kittens into milk crates for a safe evacuation. 

Update:

The kittens are now available for adoption.

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Comments [4]

P Gavan

I just love this story -- in 1932, it was a Pomeranian that delayed the BMT train in Astoria, Queens, when he jumped on the tracks to chase after his master's train. I wrote about this a few months ago:

http://frenchhatchingcat.com/category/the-pomeranian-who-stopped-a-bmt-train/

Aug. 30 2013 10:04 PM
Adele from NJ

I'm really glad these babies are all right. I wouldn't mind that type of delay. Saving a life is worth it!

Aug. 30 2013 03:24 PM
Marie from Brooklyn

Am really glad it wasn't anything sinister. It didn't occur to me that anyone would be dumb enough to let the kittens out of their carrier anywhere near subway tracks, or even worse carry them in his hands. Sometimes stupid people do more harm than mean ones!

Aug. 30 2013 02:03 PM
JOSEPH P. WALL from PELHAM BAY, BRONX

I think that in my opinion, those kittens who ended up holding up train service yesterday 8-29-13 out in Brooklyn, must have somehow strayed away from a new litter of newborn kittens that were just born out in the Coney Island Subway Yards.It is nothing unusual to see kittens and older cats roaming around subway yards keeping the rat population down.I ought to know:I had a uncle(now long deceased) who used to work as one of the night shift foremen in the #6 Pelham Bay Train Yard.Sometimes in the morning after his shift was over, he would hang out outside the repair shop and watch the train crews walking over to their assigned trains.When the emergency brakes were applied,the cats used to jump out of the warm motor carrage area where the cats used to hang out.My uncle would laugh out loud back then at all the cats jumping out of the train undercarrage area and some of the train crews would too as they would bring cat food to work with them back then to feed the cats on their spare time.

Aug. 30 2013 10:32 AM

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