Adorable kitten cowering on the New York Subway tracks causes long days for commuters who rescued the cat
A black cat crossing your path can mean good or bad luck, depending, but for straphangers on the 7 line in New York City, it meant a long wait for a train.
When a dark-furred, green-eyed kitten was spotted zipping across the tracks at the Fifth Avenue station around 2pm on Sunday, normally jaded New Yorkers were not about to allow the cute creature to get crushed under the wheels of a train.
Benjamin Hilario, 32, said he saw a flash of a feline and then the worrisome vision of the oncoming lights of the train pulling into the station.
Straphangers of the 7 line flagged down the conductor before the train could run over the feline and then pressed the help button
Seven, a grayish black kitten (not pictured), was found lurking on the tracks of the 7 line in Manhattan
‘I waved the conductor down and another lady came and pushed the emergency button,’ Hilario told the New York Daily News. ‘[The train] was coming down, but it was slowing down because I think the conductor saw the cat.’
The wily kitty dove under a metal grate and then curled up awaiting rescue, according to the outlet.
Straphangers waited an hour for trains to get back into service after ‘Seven,’ as some people on the platform began calling the cat, was scooped up and plopped into a bag by police.
The lucky feline was taken to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals for an examination.
Two straphangers fell in love with Seven’s train track finesse and want to adopt the kitten, said to be a few months old.
Heather Denbow and her daughter, Solveig, (above) have expressed interest in adopting the kitten, whom they first spied as it darted around the tracks
Heather Denbow, 43, and her daughter Sólveig, caught sight of the bundle of fur as they made their way to Queens, and told cops on the scene they wanted to bring the kitty home when it’s ready.
‘I hope it’s a girl,’ Solveig told the outlet. ‘I’ve been dreaming of a little grey kitten named Matilda forever.’
The kitten will be up for adoption after it is given a clean bill of health – and a bonus for adopters will be that the kitty already knows its way around the subway.
In 2013, two kittens made their way onto the tracks on the B and Q line in Queens.
The feisty felines were rescued, but not before holding up traffic for two hours, and even becoming part of the mayoral race, when a newspaper asked each candidate if the trains should have been stopped for felines.