During her lunch break from work, Nicole Toney was traveling home when she unexpectedly witnessed something that nearly caused her to pass out.
A little kitty was perched there on the brink of the bridge.
When Toney recognized what the kitty was and that she unquestionably needed assistance, she had already drove by her. She hurriedly turned around and hoped with all of her might that the kitten would still be there.
When I say I was so scared I almost puked….
Toney pulled over as safely as she could on the busy highway and was thrilled to see that the kitten was still there. She was afraid she might scare the kitten with her car, so she didn’t want to pull up too close to her. Toney knew the situation was a precarious one and did her best to proceed with caution.
“I walked up to her slowly because I was scared of heights and I was scared she was going to jump, and then I just wanted to be sure to get really close to her so I could put my arm behind her so that if she went off the bridge, I could try to catch her,” Toney said. “Then I grabbed the nape of her neck and immobilized her like how mom cats carry them by the scruff of their neck.”
The small kitten hardly moved at all during the entire rescue. She seems to realize that Toney was there to help her despite the fact that she was obviously afraid and even a little uneasy about a strange lady approaching her.
She didn’t hiss or claw; I believe she was too afraid to move, according to Toney. She only expressed something akin to, “OK, cool, someone got me down!”
Throughout the entire rescue, the little kitten barely moved a muscle. She was clearly terrified, and even though she may have been a little nervous about a strange woman approaching her, she seemed to understand that Toney was there to help her.
“She didn’t hiss, she didn’t claw; I think she was too scared to move,” Toney said. “She just kind of was like, ‘OK, cool, someone got me down!’”
Once Toney got the little kitten safely into the car, she was so relieved. She’d been so worried, but she’d managed to save her, and the kitten seemed pretty relieved as well. She just sat in the car as the pair drove home together, grateful to no longer be hovering on the edge of a bridge.
Toney contacted her husband and told him the tale while she was driving home. He advised her to bring the kitten home nevertheless, get settled, and they’d sort it out from there even though they already had five dogs and a cat.
We never really discussed it; instead, Toney said, “we just kind of kept her.” “He was like, ‘OK, well we’ll speak about it after work,’” she said.
The couple decided to name the kitten Ducky because she was such a lucky duck for surviving her ordeal. They had previously had two cats at home, Nigel and Mabel, but Mabel sadly went missing a few years ago. They hoped that over time, Ducky could be a new friend for Nigel after losing his sister.
“She looks a lot like [Mabel],” Toney said. “I was like, ‘Man, we definitely have to keep her!’ I felt bad that Nigel didn’t have his sister anymore and I was just kind of like, ‘She can be his sister.’”
Since being saved a few months ago, Ducky has done a good job of adjusting to her new home. After everything she’s gone through, she’s still a little wary, but she adores her new family, and her mother is so grateful that she just so happened to drive past her that day.
She’s kind and lively, but I don’t think she’s totally come out of her shell yet, according to Toney.