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'Miracle' Kitten Covered in Hot Grease Rescued After Clinging to Moving Truck for 30 Miles


She may only have eight lives left, but a kitten named Miracle is recovering after traveling down the road at high speeds, tucked underneath a tractor-trailer in New Jersey.

According to 911 Dog and Cat Rescue in Morristown, New Jersey, the 6-week old kitten survived a scary adventure.

The kitten had been curled up underneath a tractor-trailer when the driver began traveling through central New Jersey, reaching speeds as high as 70 mph, Daily Voice reported.

Miracle was fortunate that another driver noticed the calico holding on for dear life and managed to alert the truck driver, who stopped.

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The driver called police for assistance, and soon, Miracle was whisked away to Morristown Animal Hospital.

Lori Banchi, who volunteers with the 911 Dog and Cat Rescue shelter, took Miracle to her home for some much-needed TLC after her veterinarian exam.

She recalled the first moment she laid eyes on tiny Miracle, who certainly looked as terrible as she must have felt.

“When she brought it in, it was covered with fleas and grease from the truck,” Banchi told Daily Record. “So we gave it a bath, then the doctor did an exam, dewormed it, gave it medicine for fleas. It’s doing well. Aside from being scared, medically, its fine.”

Under Banchi’s watchful eye, the kitten went from shell-shocked to much more relaxed within about a day.

“She didn’t want to eat the first day, that’s part of being scared, but she ate for me this morning,” Banchi said, the day after the rescue.

Banchi also gave the kitten a special stuffed cat with an artificial heartbeat inside, and Miracle nuzzled right up to its soft, cozy body.

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“As soon as I gave her that, she dove right under it,” Banchi said. “It was cute.”

According to the Daily Record, Miracle the kitten will be available for adoption in the coming weeks. In the meantime, the animal shelter has asked for donations to cover the cost of housing the cat as well as the other felines it helps throughout the region.

Anyone interested in adopting a cat with fewer than nine lives can contact

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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