Kitten Trapped on Deadly Highway, Rewards Cop Who Saved Her Life with Cuddles and Purrs

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Most people who see a dog or cat in dire straits would want to help. It’s never good for anyone involved when a pet gets out and finds its way onto a busy road — those kinds of escapades generally end in heartbreak.

And watching as they happen? Horrible. That’s why when some people see a critter in traffic, they’ll do anything to get them out, including rushing into traffic themselves.

There’s a heart-stopping video caught by a woman on a motorcycle who realized a tiny kitten was stranded in the middle of an intersection in Oklahoma.

It’s terrifying to watch as several trucks pass by the tiny orange fuzzball with only inches to spare. The orange tabby scrambles back and forth over the road, scared and in imminent danger.

Thankfully, his rescuer spotted him, stopped traffic, picked him up and took him home. He was named “Skid” and became her forever kitty.

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Thankfully, both kitten and rescuer made it out alive, but it’s never a guarantee when busy roadways are involved.

That’s probably why this rescue involved a cop, who could safely rescue a kitten in a very dangerous spot.

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The kitten was perched on a divider, with several lanes of highway on either side.

If the kitten had fallen off, she likely would have run, terrified, into traffic and been hit. It was Officer Jason Smith who got the call and saw the kitten on the barrier wall.

Making sure there were others in place to control the traffic, he hopped out of his vehicle and moved toward the kitten, who was hiding next to a cartoon glove that had been stuck on the divider.

Even in the body cam footage, you can hear the poor baby crying as the officer approaches. She was desperate to be rescued, and her crying is heartbreaking.

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Other than a potentially singed tail, the kitten seemed healthy — and incredibly grateful. She meowed and purred and tried to wrap herself around Smith’s neck like a feline scarf.

Smith was a goner from the moment he rescued her; he knew she’d eventually join their family. Once she got through her stray hold, “Bella” went home with him and has settled in just fine.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
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