Curled up on the tracks and almost completely blind time was running out to save his life.
Friday last week, a half-blind cat was found trapped in the Bronx subway system in New York City. According to the New York Daily News two transit workers had spied the cat curled up right next to the tracks and immediately contacted Metropolitan Transportation Authority Managers. Time was running out!
Once the authority was aware of the cat’s whereabouts animal experts were brought in the next day to try and catch the cat with humane traps.
Traps were set near in area near public access, where train drivers turn the subway trains around. On Sunday they returned around 5.00 am to set new traps and check on the ones placed there the previous evening, only to find the cat inside one trap.
According to the Animal Rescue Site rescuers noticed he only had one eye, one eyeball was completely missing which meant he needed treatment immediately.
Rescuers praised the cat for having gotten used to the harsh environment even with one eye and never having fallen from a moving train.
It was noted however the reason for being where he was. The area is crawling with mice, something hard for a hungry feline to ignore.
Eric Loegel, who is a train operator and had helped the crew find the green-eyed cat, stated that the cute fuzzball had been thirsty and very hungry. After his rescue, the cat was taken to the Bronx Tails Cat Rescue Group’s facilities for some love and care.
The group posted various photos and videos of the cat, that they’ve since named Big Al, to his Instagram page. The nonprofit group’s website states that they are volunteers dedicated to improving the lives of stray and feral cats in Harlem and the Bronx.
The site further states that they perform Trap-Neuter Returns of feral and stray cats living in colonies around the area. The group also provides medical care for injured and sick feral cats, and even rescues friendly stray cats and places them up for adoption to forever homes.
The volunteers at the shelter are currently seeking donations to support Big Al in his journey towards recovery. The centre stated that they would need money for vet visits and to fix his eyesight. The group indicated that Al only had one functioning eye.
As for now, Big Al seems contented with having a clean and safe place to stay, a good meal and clean water to drink. If you would like to join in the cause to help nurse Big Al, you can make your donation to the Bronx Tails Cat Rescue Centre via PayPal or Venmo.