Your most superstitious relative has probably told you that it’s bad news when a black cat crosses your path, but for one Brooklyn woman — and one tiny black kitten — it proved to be the complete opposite of that.
Geraldine Cassone was at a stoplight Monday a block from her Brooklyn home when she saw a kitten run in front of her car, The New York Times reports. The 56-year-old retired school administrator jumped out of her vehicle to see whether the cat was OK, and by the time both of her feet were on the pavement, the terrified kitten had already tucked herself deep in the wheel well of Cassone’s Toyota.
Several other drivers saw what had happened and instead of shaking their fists or shouting unprintable words because the light had turned green and Cassone wasn’t moving, they got out of their own cars to see if they could help.
“At one point there were six or eight people under my car looking to save this cat,” Cassone told the Times. “As much as some people were honking and looking to get where they were going in a timely manner, it was kind of beautiful to see.”
Despite their collective efforts, the kitten wouldn’t budge. Cassone waved down a New York City police car, and the officers helped her move her car — and the cat — back into her own driveway. Two officers tried almost everything to coax the kitten out of her hiding place, but she wasn’t interested.
It soon became clear that they were going to have to remove one of the car’s tires if there was any chance of de-kittening the car. With help from a neighbor, Officer Christopher Rinelli used a jack to removed the rear driver’s side tire, reached in and pulled the kitten — whom he described as “agitated,” “cold” and “wet” — to safety.
The kitten was taken to an animal shelter that will keep her while Cassone goes on vacation. When she returns, though, she’ll be adopting the cat. She told the Times that she plans to name the kitten Midnight, which is probably a better choice than Goodyear.