The "stone cold" cat who was spotted on the Manhattan Bridge—where he or she'd gone to chase pigeons, of course—was rescued yesterday afternoon when the Department of Transportation shut down a lane of Manhattan Bridge traffic. And we've got more photographs!
The DOT posted them on its Facebook page, along with the message, "It's a bridge, not a #catwalk! Today NYC DOT Bridges team assisted Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) with the rescue of a black cat from the Manhattan Bridge. Thanks to our heroes for saving the kitty! #catrescue We look forward to hearing how our furry friend fairs after her/his check-up with the NYC ACC." The DOT added, "If you see an animal in need, please contact NYC 311 http://on.nyc.gov/1CViUPl."
A few days ago, tipster sent us photos of Bridge Kitty, explaining:
Everyone working at 55 Washington Street in DUMBO just spent the last 30 minutes cheering for this guy. He was on the south side of the archway and got stuck while chasing pigeons. He is the most stone cold living creature I have ever witnessed. He made it off safely.
He chased a pigeon out there, and when the pigeon flew off, he kind of looked around and had an "oh shit" realization. He paced back and forth the entire length of the archway for a long time before he figured it out.
The cat was apparently hungry enough to go into the trap that the DOT set up, and Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said, "I want to thank our crew for rescuing one of our furry friends on the Manhattan Bridge today. All in a day’s work for the women and men of NYC DOT’s Bridges division!"
Bridge Kitty was taken to the Brooklyn Animal Care and Control Center; if he/she is adoptable, he'll be there. But you don't have to wait for Bridge Kitty—there are SO MANY AWESOME CATS available.