Prince George’s Co. firefighters rescue kitten that hitched a ride on a car

The Prince George's County Fire Department rescued a kitten that they named "River" from a car fender on Friday, June 22, 2018. (Courtesy Prince George's Fire Department)
The Prince George’s County Fire Department rescued a kitten that they named “River” from a car fender on Friday, June 22, 2018. (Courtesy Prince George’s Fire Department) (Courtesy Prince George's Fire Department)
The Prince George's County Fire Department rescued a kitten that they named "River" from a car fender on Friday, June 22, 2018. (Courtesy Prince George's Fire Department)
The Prince George’s County Fire Department rescued a kitten that they named “River” from a car fender on Friday, June 22, 2018. (Courtesy Prince George’s Fire Department) (Courtesy Prince George's Fire Department)
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The Prince George's County Fire Department rescued a kitten that they named "River" from a car fender on Friday, June 22, 2018. (Courtesy Prince George's Fire Department)
The Prince George's County Fire Department rescued a kitten that they named "River" from a car fender on Friday, June 22, 2018. (Courtesy Prince George's Fire Department)

WASHINGTON — It all started with a funny noise coming from the front of a woman’s car while she was driving in Landover Hills, Maryland, on Friday morning.

She pulled into a Walmart parking lot and realize that what she heard was actually a small kitten that had hitched a ride inside her fender so she called the local fire department for help, according to a Prince George’s County Fire Department release.

“We drove the engine non emergency to the scene and found a small gray kitten in the fender,” said firefighter and medic Captain Danon Ushinski, who, according to the release, is the station “cat guy” who adopted a kitten a few months ago that his wife rescued. “With approval of the car owner, a decision was made to try and remove the fender for better access.”

After returning to the fire station to get the right equipment for the job, Ushinski was able to grab a video of the kitten and captured his meowing on video.

Ushinski replayed the video with the audio of the “meow” to locate and get the cat’s attention. With the sound from the video along with the “cat-like” moves of firefighter and medic Shawn Croissette, the crew was able to keep the car intact and rescue the kitten.

The kitten was assessed by the firefighters and placed in a box to go back to the Landover Hills Station, according to the release.

When Ushinski is finished with work Friday, he will bring the kitten to the Anne Arundel SPCA and will go through the adoption process for the kitten that the firefighters have named “River.”


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