One fateful night a North Carolina couple were driving over the Wright Memorial Bridge when they saw a tiny animal perched right on the edge of the bridge’s railing. As they got closer they realized what it was.
Markus Heyder and Erin Hutchko were traveling along the 3-mile long bridge in North Carolina, on the night of June 23, 2017, when Erin caught a glimpse of something out of the corner of her eye, and whatever it was still alive!
So Markus turned the car around to try and get a better look at this strange creature. This time around Erin could have sworn she saw a pair of very frightened eyes peering right back at her.
Erin was almost certain that she knew what the mysterious animal was, so Marcus turned around again and this time it was a case of third time lucky. It was a very small tortoiseshell kitten perched precariously on the edge of bridges railing.
One false move on the kittens part and it would be a long fall right into the ocean below.
Both of them were very aware that one false move might spook the kitten so they would have to approach this situation with the greatest of care, they did not want to lose this little life.
With their hearts in their mouths, they stopped the car and switched on the hazard lights, all the while praying the kitten would not get spooked and make a fateful jump in the wrong direction.
Watch this hair razing rescue in the video below:
Luckily, this little kitty had a guardian angel who crossed her path. Heyder pulled over and Hutchko got out of the car.
Hutchko slowly approached the kitten with a towel in her hands. Then, she carefully leaned over the railing. Once she was close enough, she quickly reached over to pick up the kitten and dashed back into the car.
The heroic rescue was captured on video by Heyder, who later shared on Facebook.
“So glad she didn’t fall… what you can’t see in the video is her jumping around the back of the support beam clinging to an inch of concrete, which is why I had to reach over the edge to grab under her so she didn’t fall off. Not sure why these kitties keep ending up on our bridges…,” commented Hutchko.
To comfort the seemingly terrified kitten, Hutchko gently stroked her head while they made their way back home.
The tortoiseshell kitten, named Bridgett Joy Turtle Heyder by her two rescuers, was found to be relatively healthy after a trip to the vet.
“(She is) 1 1/2 pounds and only 6 weeks old,” Hutchko wrote. “Other than a few parasites, she’s a healthy, happy little girl.”
“I am doing great, eating well, and am much healthier now,” wrote Bridgett’s loving family on the Facebook page Bridgett Joy the Bridge Kitty.
Kudos to Heyder and Hutchko for rescuing the precious kitten. We’re glad to see Bridgett happy and well in her new home.